Gift Giving

Two men were discussing what they were going to buy their wives for Christmas. One of the men said, “This year I think I will just wrap myself up as a present and give myself to my wife.” To which the other man replied, “Well I am not giving my wife much either.”
What do we give and to whom do we give when it is Jesus’ birthday that we celebrate? This is a question that we should ask when we celebrate Christmas.
Gift-giving is an expression of love and thankfulness. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son” (John 3:16). Apostle Paul to the Corinthians said, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).
Gifts on Christmas should be given to God and to Jesus. Yet we often forget Him and instead spend days wondering what we should give each other, to the point that we even consider wrapping ourselves as a gift. There is no wrong in gift-giving; it expresses our love and thankfulness. Let us however not forget God, He gave his Son out of His indescribable love, and let us put more sense in our giving. First, let us give ourselves to the Lord. Make Christmas the day of our re-birth through Christ and then give with love and compassion not only to those who we love, but to those who need our love and care.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

By Dikran Youmshakian