God’s Gift this Christmas
I guess most parents know how hard it is to let children go. After Sixth Form, my son Peter and some school friends worked odd jobs until they could save enough money to go travelling for six months.
They were all too aware that parting from parents could be an embarrassingly emotional scene, and we were warned not to shed any tears at the airport farewell. The young ones had a great time abroad as we heard of their adventures once they were safely home, including escapades we’d rather not know!
It makes me think about what it must have been like for God to make the decision to allow his only son to come to earth. Unlike us, God knew exactly what would happen if Jesus began this journey.
When God sent Jesus to earth, he knew exactly what he was asking of his son. His Father’s heart must have been sore as he let him go. Would you and I be willing to let our children go if we knew what the future held?
But “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
As we come to celebrate Christmas, it is good to share with others as we exchange gifts carefully chosen. But in the midst of it all, let’s not forget what it cost God to give us his gift; his only Son.
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About the Author
Dorothy Cameron, wife, mother and grandmother is a retired family therapist and active local preacher. She and her husband, originally from Scotland, have been living in Malaysia since 2010.
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