As a teacher, students give me presents. Some gifts are thoughtful, such as a handmade card or freshly picked rose. Other gifts are practical, such as a store gift card. Occasionally, I receive unusual gifts. One student gave a sequined, brown sweater several sizes too small. Another gave a mug with “Nicest Niece” printed on it.
When I open gifts, I smile, knowing they are given thoughtfully. I can imagine each child selecting the item and proudly bringing it to school. Children give with a generous heart. I always thank my students for what they give, even if it is something I cannot use.
In today’s reading, a woman presented Jesus with a gift. She took a bottle of expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ head. Jesus ignored the disciples who were criticizing the gift. Instead, He called the gesture beautiful. Even though Jesus did not need this gift, He showed gratitude to the person who gave it.
Everyone receives gifts. Some may be exactly what we want. Others may be something we return to the store or place in the back of the closet unused. We need to remember to be thankful for each gift we receive. Ultimately, each gift comes from God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17, NIV)
Lord, thank you for every gift you give me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Fantastic devotional, I enjoyed this gentle reminder to bring Christ into every area of our lives, always giving Him thanks and praise. Sorry, I'm so late in commenting, I broke my glasses and was having a difficult time reading online. Blessings, Rita