The FaithWorks! kids took it seriously when we decided to help our friends at Harrison Primary Center. They colored cards, decorated bags, stuffed and folded and carted the heavy bags down the hall. The FaithWorks! offering money collected this fall was used to purchase a box of macaroni and cheese, a can of tuna, a can of vegetables, and some cookies. Seems like a simple gift.
But the response was not simple. I heard a child say, “THANK you so much!!” or “My mom will be SO excited!” and “I can make a WHOLE meal with what’s in this bag!” and even “Green beans are my favorite!”
These words were shared with smiles and bright eyes. They were spoken with a hug. I still find myself catching my breath when I think about the response from these young children and what seemed to be such a simple gift. It was something we could give, something we wanted to give, and it changed their day.
God gave us a gift. May seem simple to Him, as well, He can do anything. But it is a gift that He could give. One that He wanted to give. One that we need. And one that changes our life. He gave us His Son, wrapped in skin the size of an infant. Who came to grow up and change our world.
I would love to see God’s face when someone accepts that gift! As they say, “Thank you for saving me” or “I can’t wait to tell others!” and “I am now whole” or even “God, You are my favorite!” I wonder if He catches His breath as these words bring a tear of joy to His eye.
As you and your children open gifts this weekend, may you help them understand God’s greatest gift and help them open that one first.