"" Writer's Wanderings: Receiving a Gift

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Receiving a Gift

My wonderful husband, who occassionally reads this blog, has a fun little ritual he does when one of the grandkids gives him a wrapped gift. He puts it to his forehead and tries to guess what's in it. It evokes giggles and sometimes frustration. "Open it, Grandpa!"

Often the gift is something homemade, precious and tucked away for remembering later. Or it could be another screwdriver, Bob's answer to the question, "What do you want for. . .?" He now has a collection of 50+.

Last Sunday our pastor painted a picture in our minds with his words. He asked us to imagine Jesus coming into the sanctuary, a beautiful gift box in his hands and looking around the room, searching for someone.

"Suddenly Jesus smiles as he looks directly at you," he said. He asked us to see Jesus walking toward us with the gift and extending the box to us. The question being of course, will you receive it?

The picture has stuck in my mind. On my bulletin, I wrote these questions: What is in the box? What if I don't know what to do with it? Will I use it? How?

I remember as a child asking for one gift but receiving something entirely different. Could this be something I didn't ask for? And if it is, will I be a gracious recipient?

If Jesus hands me the gift box, I hope that while I may hold it to my head for a time, I receive in my heart forever.

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