If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you’re sure to experience it at some point in your life. In fact, this passing on of an unwanted gift is so common that I heard two radio personalities casually discussing it yesterday afternoon. Amidst their bantering, the two men agreed that regifting is permissible as long as there is "six-degrees of separation" between the new recipient and the original gift-giver. You wouldn't want either of them to be offended now, would you?
The intimate, fortifying love of Jesus is too precious of a jewel to keep to oneself!
That same Immanuel, "God with us", who rubbed your back as you wearily leaned over your child's hospital bed or who walked beside you as you marched into that brutal IEP meeting is the Gift who keeps on giving.
When people marvel, commenting, “I don’t know how you do it,” it is time for regifting! These are the times where the door is flung wide open for people to hear about a Savior who is bigger than our worst parental nightmares. During the holidays we are so close to others who don’t often get to see what life is like raising a child on the Autism Spectrum, or how challenging it is to maneuver with a child who has Cerebral Palsy, or the dietary juggling required with a child fighting Diabetes. These people get a peek inside our daily lives. It quickly becomes apparent to them that our high calling as parents to these children can never be answered without some serious help, and the opportunity for a conversation suddenly opens. Hearts softened by the story of the Babe in a manger suddenly get to hear of the difference that same Miracle Child makes in our perseverance. And we need not worry about offending the other person by sounding like a pushy evangelist, because we are merely sharing the story of our own personal encounter.
The warranty is sealed in the blood of that Immense Power who cares enough about each of us to have contained and humbled Himself in the form of a homeless newborn.
PRAY: Jesus, You gave more than we could ever repay. Your love is greater than our minds can even fully comprehend. Yet, some hearts walk needlessly in the deep pain of not knowing You. Help me to pass on the gift of Your hope this Christmas, whether it be in word or deed.
~ Barb Dittrich ~