23 December 2008

"Thank you that we can't give you gifts..."

This is Maclean.  He is a glorious boy and I am truly grateful to be his (and his brother and two sisters') daddy.  Last night, he reminded his family of two simple and profound lessons (Acts 20:35 and Mark 10:45).  

We exchanged Christmas gifts as a family which has, to this point, meant that the kids open their gifts from mom and dad.  Last night, Mac brought a gift that he had been planning for his little sister for well over a month.  He gave her a strip of soft fabric and a old pair of his favorite sweat pants.  His joy in giving left the family speechless but his prayer before we opened presents left his parents in tears.

"Thank you God that we can't give you gifts, but thank you that you give us everything."

What could more succinctly state the truth of Christmas?  The Son of God arrives as baby to atone for a bankrupt humanity.  I'm not sure how much Mac really understands of all this but I'm grateful that God has opened his eyes even a little to truth that will forever sustain his life.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25 ESV)

but [Christ] made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7 ESV)

[Christ] gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. (Titus 2:14 ESV)
MERRY Christ-mas from Maclean Majeski

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)


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