An Unexpected Gift
By Sabrina McDonald
It was just a few months into my second marriage when doubts crept into my mind. Widowhood was the depth of despair, but I longed to go back after a short trip through reality in a blended family.
I wept in my husband’s weary arms. “Did we make a mistake?” I sobbed.
“No,” he said assuredly.
“How can you be so sure?”
He lifted my head and looked into my eyes. “Because you are my perfect gift from God.”
Even in the midst of emotional and mental turmoil, my husband still saw me as a precious gift from God. He saw through the ugliness of my heart and my selfish neediness. He saw past my mistakes and outbursts, and he still accepted me as a heavenly treasure.
That was the moment I was sure it wasn’t all a mistake. Six years later, I’m still sure.
Christmas is a time to give gifts and also receive them. Have you thanked God for the gift of your spouse, or have you taken your spouse for granted? Does your spouse feel like a gift to you or a burden?
God is a loving Father, and we can willingly receive what He has given us and accept it with grace and love. Maybe your spouse is not what you expected. That’s okay. He or she probably feels the same way about you. No one is perfect.
But if you see your spouse as a gift, you will begin to cherish your relationship even when it’s not perfect. This Christmas, consider the ways your spouse has been a gift in your life, and let him or her know it.
The good stuff: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. (Song of Solomon 6:3)
Action points: Put a box under the Christmas tree filled with notes that explain how your spouse has been a gift of God in your life. Decide on one change you can make in your own life to help your spouse feel more valued and appreciated.
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