Monday, December 24, 2012

RE-GIFTING RE-IMAGINED


RE-GIFTING IS NOTHING NEW, my mother did years ago. She always had a closet full of gifts the various members of the family had previously received but either did not like, or did not need. My mom would even cut off the fronts of various cards she has received and used them as gift-tags. I suppose she learned this “art” by living through the Great Depression and World War 2. I realize that others have done this too, but my mom raised it to an art form.

I believe re-gifting is not the evil thing that some make it out to as long as you remember these tips: 1) Be sure to remove the gift tag. 2) Be sure not to give it back to the person from whom you received it, or their family members, or close friends. Of course, it could be kind of fun to leave the tags attached and see just how far the gift travels before it finds a permanent home!

Christmas is about re-gifting, is it not?  The Bible tells us that God so loved us He gave His Son (John 3:16). The Bible also tells us that Jesus so loved us, He willing laid down His life for us. (John 15:13) The Lord then tells us, His followers, that we are love each other and so prove to be His disciples. (John 13:34-35)  Finally, late in the Scriptures we read that our ability to love at all comes from the fact that God, who is love (1 John 4:8) loved us first (1 John 4:19). It seems that all this love we give is a re-gifting of that which was first given to us. This kind of re-gifting is not only good, it is encouraged. (Romans 13:8).

Therefore, this Advent season, and throughout the coming year, let us re-package and re-gift that which was first given to us. In fact, this is one of those times you might want to even leave the First-Giver’s gift tag in the “box.” (1 John 4:7-21) And this is one gift you can give back to the giver.

May our loving Lord grant you an increased awareness of His love as His special gift to you, Merry Christmas!

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