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Topic: Itís Christmas Day (in the present or living memory) (11/27/08)
TITLE: The Perfect Gift
By Donna New
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I went back to a quiet place to collect myself and to get me ready for my favorite part of Christmas, which is watching my nieces and nephews open my gifts to them. This year each one would receive a $5 gift card to a shop that sells smoothies we all crave. Ah, but there's a catch. They each will have to take at least two of their cousins with them. There's 13 of them and I'll watch to make sure everyone gets chosen. One year I gave them each a $5 gift card for a pizza and told them we were having a pizza party. It gives them together, fun time and I'm all about a party whether 20 people or three.
In my solitary place, I sat down to wash away the let-down and I found a gift from a friend. She never lets me open her gifts until Christmas even though we're not together on Christmas day. We exchange gifts a few days before and i tell her to open mine. But, alas she won't and she makes me promise to open mine "on the day!" So I began opening her cluster of gifts. The first thing I came to was a set of sticky notes. On them were little teal green and pink hearts and they said, "Your Father Loves You."
In the first chapter of Nehemiah the Israelites have been scattered, their Temple destroyed and the wall around Jerusalem fallen. Nehemiah prays that God will do what He said He would do which is to gather them from there and bring them to the place where He chose for His Name to dwell. He wanted the Israelites near His Name. As I read the little sticky notes I felt Him at my side. His Name was near. I understand that He's inside but sometimes I need Him near, at my side. We sat together and tears came to my eyes as I let go of the frustrations of life and rested in a moment with my Father. His tender heart knew how much I had wanted that gift. He also knew how much I needed to let the disenchantment be washed away, preparing me for the rest of Christmas. Some of my nieces and nephews would undoubtedly be disappointed also at some point and they would need a little joy to get them through.
I left the room with a warm heart, refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the day. During the celebrations I would reach out my spiritual hand and squeeze my heavenly Father's hand. That's why Jesus was born...to bring us near Him. It's Christmas Day and I got exactly what I wanted!
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