Thankful for God’s Gifts
by Julie Lavender
My two-year-old grandson won’t remember his most recent Christmas, but his parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncles collected a wealth of memories to treasure.
Benaiah showed no interest in opening packages, despite the fact that a plunge into the package probably produced a new toy. Instead, Benaiah played creatively with two empty wrapping paper tubes.
My grandson stopped to cheer and squeal aloud for each gift opening. When his favorite aunt—that’s what she calls herself, but she happens to be the only aunt—opened a new journal, Benaiah said, “Yay. Yay. Yay.” And clapped and danced.
Even before Benaiah’s uncle removed tape to reveal running shorts, Benaiah leaned in and said, “Yay. Yay. Yay.” And, his enthusiasm didn’t waver when the box contained books with no pictures and new ink pens.
He cheered when packages were handed out, tissue paper was removed, box lids were lifted, and surprises were uncovered. It became comical after a few rounds of gifting. “Yay. Yay. Yay.”
I couldn’t help but think of the verse in the New Testament, James 1:17 that says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Before the start of a new day, even before my feet hit the floor, do I cheer and praise God for the gift of life? Am I excited about the gift of family, friends, health, salvation, and much more?
Am I excited when others get good gifts, and do I cheer loudly for them, too?
We’re six weeks into 2021, with new days and new gifts ahead of us. May each one of those days be a reminder to say to God, “Yay. Yay. Yay.”
Julie Lavender looks forward to making memories with her family and treating each new day as a gift from the Lord. Julie, author of 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories (Revell), and David are parents to four, in-law to one, and grandparents to Benaiah. https://www.facebook.com/julie.lavender.10/