Rev. Anne Williams is the Congregational Care pastor for members of the Resurrection family who have last names beginning with S-Z.
One time, my friend Ashley gave me a necklace. When she gave it to me she said, “I know this might not be something you normally would wear, but you need to get out of the box and I think if you wear this a few times you will find you like it.” In fact, I did like the necklace but she was right–it was nothing I would ever buy for myself. Then I discovered as I wore it that a whole new world of accessorizing was opened up to me. How cool is it that she knew a gift that would bless me that I couldn’t yet imagine?
I think the gift of Christ is a little like that. It can be hard to find the perfect gift for someone we love. Perhaps we want to treat them to something they wouldn’t have money to buy for themselves. Sometimes we pick out a gift they have specifically asked for. It can be fun to pay attention to see if there’s something that catches their eye when wandering through the stores together and go back to purchase it later.
But when God gave us the gift of Christ, God did something pretty gutsy. God gave a gift that we didn’t even know we needed yet. In the most magnificent act of ingenuity, God provides the gift that keeps on giving more than any other. I can just hear the infomercial describing all the benefits of having a “Christ” in your life. Right when you think the commercial is about to end the overly enthusiastic announcer proclaims, “But wait! there’s more!” I’m so grateful God knows me better than I know myself.
I pray that seeing the birth of Christ in this way will enliven within each of our hearts a renewed spirit of gratitude. Thanks be to God for knowing me well enough to know what I need. And thanks be to God for the generous and beautiful gift of Jesus Christ.