I imagine every morning we're given a lovely gift-tin, representing the hours yet to come, and into this tin I can put whatever I would like, no matter how much, it all would fit within.
So much of the time I filled the tins with trouble and pain, and regrets and what-might-have-beens, along with loads of doubt and discouragement, and anger and resentment galore...and by each days end, the tin was so full...it looked like I was rich, but inside I knew I was poor.
The things in my tin were all heavy and dark, there was no light, no joy in there...and it was a burden to carry a heavy weight to drag along, for that tin went with me everywhere.
One day I met Jesus, He'd been waiting all along...hoping that I would finally see Him...and He took from my hands that dark thing I carried, and opened it to see what was in my tin. He soothed away the pain, and the regrets faded away, and the what-might-have-beens He flung away further than I could see...and replaced the doubt and discouragement with His love and care and concern that was just for me.
He turned anger into hope, and resentment into joy, and made my heart new inside, filled with His love and His grace...and He took me to a brand new place.
God gave me a brand new life, and a second chance at love...and now each day I take that empty gift-tin, and fill it with things full of light and joy - all wrapped in the gift-wrap of prayer, tied with pretty ribbons of grace, I joyfully fill that tin right up to the brim.
I wrap up hundreds of kisses and hugs, and all the words that I want to say, all the little moments of joy, all the happiness you give, I wrap up and put in all during the day...and when it is full, I bring it to you, only to find you've also brought one to me!
What a joy it is, what incredible happiness...to know that we can sit down together, and share our gift-tins full of love, light and peace, and the happiness we feel is our prayer of thanks to God, who gave us this love, this priceless treasure!
Trish, This is truly my favorite. I am going to set a christmas candy tin where I can see it each day, it will serve as a reminder to fill it with love, joy and peace. Joy, love and peace from our Heavenly Father, when shared with one another makes for a journey of a lifetime. Much love, Rita