Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Grace and Truth, The Gift



I want to share with you one of my favorite verses, "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:17 NIV

Grace and Truth.

What incredible gifts we have been given with those two, there was so much contained in their delivery. They arrived in such a small unassuming package. A package that was delivered by a humble girl and laid in manager.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV

I love those last words...

Full of...

Grace and Truth.

You know where I see the gifts of God most displayed?

In my children, in my son.

There is love, forgiveness and inspiration for change that can only be found in the hearts of children.

With our uniquely challenged children those gifts are sometimes so simply displayed that we are left changed forever.

I was reminded of this story today when my husband came home and Cooper walked up to him announced "This is my friend."

When my husband came home yesterday afternoon Cooper walked into the living room. I was standing there and Carlton had just walked into the kitchen…

Cooper walked toward the kitchen and said…”hide my bread”. Or at least that is what it sounded like he said. I looked at him and said, “what did you say?”

He walked over to me, took me by the arm and said it again…”hide my bread”.

I looked at Carlton, “hide my bread?” I said. Carlton raised his eyebrows, lifted up the lid of the dutch oven that was sitting on the stove to reveal…a bag containing half a loaf of bread. We would shortly come to realize, this was in fact, just a strange coincidence.

I looked back at Cooper, who had no interest in the newly exposed hiding spot or it’s contents, and he seemed to be working very hard to get his words out the right way. Very often when he is trying hard to talk, he closes his eyes and you can see the physical struggle to form the words.

Carlton looked at him and said, “spell it”.  

And Cooper spelled these words…

"Hi my friends"

To stop for a moment in our busy lives and focus on that statement, to know that our son looks at his daddy, at us, as his "friends"...

well, it's a humbling, heart changing gift.

My prayer for this Christmas season is that we all have open eyes and hearts for the gifts from God. They do not always arrive in the packages that we are looking for, but they will always be exactly what we need.

~Beth

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