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Then & Now - Week of December 8

  • 2008 Dec 08

“Every Good Gift”
James 1:17

When I grew up, most of my friends knew what they were getting for Christmas before Thanksgiving. They had a list. Their parents had a list and usually the two would meet in the middle.

My parents didn’t do that. You got what you go and were thankful for that. I’m actually glad they did.

Call me a hopeless romantic, but I like to be surprised at Christmas. There is something magical about sitting around the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, eagerly anticipating that lies beneath the ribbons and bows and wrapping paper.

Sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. Somehow you’re parents figured out, read the hints you dropped all year, and got you what you wanted. And sometimes you open it up and find things you know will sit in your closet all year.

Parents don’t always get it right when it comes to gifts. But the gifts from the Heavenly Father are always good. The Bible says every perfect gift comes from above.

That means nothing God gives you is a mistake. Nothing God allows is random. Nothing God lets into your life is done without a specific design in mind.

God’s greatest gift to you was His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross and paid for your sins so you can have eternal life.

This Christmas you may be disappointed. But I can tell you that Jesus Christ, God, the Father will never disappoint you.

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him at

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