A Gift For Children
“What gift would you like for Christmas?” Ask any child and most often the response will be the latest toy touted on TV, a meal at the child’s favorite fast food restaurant, or a trip to an amusement park. When asking about gifts, children most often think of material things.
Working as a counselor for twenty-three years and being a Christian, I have no question what the best gift for a child can be. The answer is found in Scripture, 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Love offers a child the sense of worth, positive feedback, healthy physical responses, and thoughtful guidance. During my counseling years, I’ve witnessed what the lack of love can do in a child’s life. The child is searching for attention, and since good behavior doesn’t encourage attention, negative behavior does.
My October Love Inspired novel, A Husband For Christmas, offers a story of love for a child, the kind of love when the giver feels inadequate, the kind of love affected by family sickness and the kind of love given freely. We know from statistics that Christmastime is one of the most sensitive times of the year. Children approach it with great expectations, and adults approach it with feelings of loneliness and depression. Many are too busy or too stressed to enjoy the true gift of Christmas, the birth of the Babe in the Manger, Jesus. This novel shares the story of a child at Christmas whose life is touched by many gifts, but the greatest is love.