Grace gift possibilities abound


Last time, I said, “I hope we can all give more grace gifts this Christmas.”

I thought it might be good to come back to this topic and talk about some specific grace gifts we might give.

Remember, a grace gift isn’t earned, it can’t be bought and it will never be repaid. Grace gifts are not only memorable, they are meaningful.

Personal letters and cards are great grace gifts, especially when they are handwritten. When was the last time you received a personal handwritten letter? It doesn’t happen often anymore.

I have a box of personal cards and letters I have received and saved over the years. I knew when I received them I would want to read them again because they were so meaningful to me. Remember, the best gifts aren’t bought.

Let’s pass on more grace gifts this Christmas. To be honest, I have a hard time remembering what I got for Christmas last year. But I vividly remember a wonderful grace gift my wife and I received from Marty and Margaret Krallman more than 30 years ago. I remember the amazing grace gift Randy and Lori Munson gave us. Grace gifts are enduring. They matter. They won’t be forgotten.

Togetherness is a grace gift. What a blessing to receive the gift of time from someone you care about. Especially in this day and age of hurry and such hectic schedules, it is meaningful to be able to enjoy focused and uninterrupted time together where everyone is present.

Sometimes, a grace gift might come in the form of service. Do something nice for someone you care about. My goal is not to list every possible grace gift but to provide a few ideas that will spark ideas in you. The possibilities are endless, and the potential impact will be significant.

The wise men provide some important lessons about gift giving that we can all apply this Christmas. For one thing, they gave unexpectedly. Nobody expected the wise men to bring gifts. They weren’t Jews. What they did was unexpected. The best gifts are often unexpected gifts.

Perhaps the Lord will speak to you about someone you need to remember this Christmas. There is still time. They aren’t expecting it. Why not give someone a grace gift? Pray about it. Lord, who could I give a grace gift to this year?

When you give a grace gift, not only will they receive wonderful blessing, but I have a feeling you will, too. Merry Christmas!

Steve Greene is the lead pastor of The Point in Seymour. Read his blog at or email him at [email protected]. Send comments to [email protected].

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