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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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My Dear Daughters,

The gifts have all been unwrapped, and much to my delight, you “got everything you wanted”. The clothes were “cool”, and they fit! The bracelet maker seems to be a huge hit. The new perfume leaves a cloud of sweet fragrance – just right, and the jammies are perfect of these cold winter nights.

But the gifts I want to keep renewing and growing deep for you, are ones that can’t be bought or put under the tree, but are precious just the same.

And so, I continue to give you the gift of FAITH, as we worship together, as we study the  Scriptures together, as we discover the meaning of putting our trust in Jesus Christ. As we gather at the end of the day and give thanks to the Creator who made us who we are, we rejoice in what is good, and seek forgiveness for what is not.

I give you the gift of HOPE, as we look beyond ourselves, not in some wishful thinking kind of way, but in the certainty of a future because of the resurrection of Christ. Hope is produced by endurance through suffering, and is indeed the inspiration to endure because of Christ. I want to continue to teach you to place you complete trust in God so that you may never be without hope. If you have hope, you will have joy and peace through the power of the Holy Spirit – this is known as the hope of eternal glory and I want this gift for you.

And finally, I give you the gift of LOVE. This (agape) love is the love God has for us, whereby “He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  This is true love, unconditional and freely given. This is the love which was introduced to you at your Baptism and continues as you grow in your relationship with Jesus.

These gifts, my sweet girls, will far outlast any of the goodies you found under the tree this year, because they will continue to shape and transform who you become as women of faith long after the tree comes down and the decorations are put away .

May these be gifts you treasure and pass on to your own children someday.




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