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Reflections Finding the ‘Perfect Gift’


Spiritual


by Pastor Moe Redding, Light of Christ Church Finding the perfect gift is hard work. Often we run out of time and have to settle for something we know isn’t quite right. Or, even worse, we fi nd the perfect gift, excitedly wrap it and place it under the tree, wait with eager anticipation as the loved one opens it, only to be thoroughly under-whelmed by the reaction. By far my best gift-giving story was in the fi rst year of our marriage. It was my beautiful bride’s birthday and I had absolutely no clue what to get her! Guys, if you ever feel like a deer in the headlights trying to fi gure out what to get your wife/girlfriend, know that you are not alone. I actually believe it is an important step of maturity when you realize that when it comes to gift-giving, you are completely out of your depth. Remember, admitting you have a problem is the fi rst step to solving it! Possible solutions for this are asking her friends for their advice (smart), keeping a secret list all year long of things she says she likes (too much work), giving her a gift-certifi cate (last resort), or going out on your own with the opinion that regardless of the gift, it’s the thought that counts (um, not really!). Here is what I did, but you can only pull this off once. On the afternoon of my wife’s birthday (this plan also allows you to procrastinate) I went to a department store and asked one of the ladies for help.


I told her I wanted to get the most hideous assortment of clothes they had in stock as gag gifts for my wife. The lady and I had a blast combing the entire store in our quest to fi nd the most outrageous clothes. As Linda unwrapped each gift I would gush over how much I loved each one. I will never forget my gracious wife trying to say something nice as she opened one ridiculous present after another. By the end she had parachute pants, an obnoxious neon blouse, some diamond-oid earrings, a hat/scarf combination, purse and a poncho!


“You really put a lot of work into this,” she deadpanned. I then suggested we go out to dinner to show off her new outfi t. Her panicked look was priceless and I burst into laughter. Confessing my diabolical plan I handed her the receipt, encouraged her to take everything back and get something she would actually like and wear. To say she was relieved would be an understatement. Again, this only works once, so choose the moment carefully. Of course Christmas isn’t about fi nding the perfect gift to give, it’s about receiving the Perfect Gift from the Heavenly Father: His son, Jesus. Jesus was born 2,000 years ago, and yet through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is knocking at the door of every heart today. Have you opened your life and let Him come in? He is ready and


waiting. Are you tired? He gives rest to the weary. Are you overwhelmed? He takes your burdens and gives you His peace. Do you feel like you’ve let Him down? Impossible, because you never held him up. He’s holding us. Do you feel like a failure? Jesus has paid the price for all the mistakes you will ever make and loves you more than you will ever know. He alone can set you free from your mistakes and bring healing to your heart. He also has work that only you can do, to be the blessing and gift to the world that only you can be! Have you accepted His gift of salvation? Have you asked Him to be Lord of your life? Are you becoming the person God created you to be?


Talk with Jesus today. This isn’t about religion. It is about a relationship that sets people free and on fi re with God’s love. Jesus is ready. He loves you. He wants to be your closest, dearest friend. Call out to Him right now. Receive the Perfect Gift from heaven. That’s why He was sent! In response, give God the only gift He wants from you: yourself. You are His child. He wants you to come home.


Now that’s a perfect gift!


Pastor Moe Redding leads worship services for Light of Christ Church at 10 a.m. on Sundays at Hamilton High School. Light of Christ will also hold a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at Hamilton. For details, call 480-899-1400 or visit www.loc-az.org


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