It’s that time of year again. That time of year where I try to decide what to get my wife for Christmas. Christmas and birthday usually cause me undue stress. After 38 years of marriage (this month), I still can’t seem to figure out what to buy. I often ask her for some ideas, and she tells me I should listen more. I try, I really do, but being the man that I am and always have been I still can’t catch a clue.
When I think I know of an outfit that she will like I can casually point it out while shopping and she will say,”That’s nice but I wouldn’t wear it.” So I avoid clothing, except maybe jackets or pajamas. Books? “Oh, I probably wouldn’t read it.” And, I know better than to buy an appliance. Toaster = Doghouse, so I won’t go any further than that.
So, how does this tie in to being thankful. I’m thankful that I have to worry about what to buy. I’m thankful my wife and kids are still around to buy for. I know to many people who are estranged from their families, whose kids or other family members, won’t talk to them over some petty nonsense. Maybe divorce has affected their lives or even death of a loved one has turned their lives upside-down.
I’m thankful that God has provided me with a job where I can have a few extra dollars to spend on something frivolous or pass on to a charity. I’m thankful for the town I live in and the home where I reside. God has blessed us in so many ways.
There are so many that do not have the blessings we take for granted. Some throw their blessings away just by their actions. My wife and I receive many of these blessings – children who have been taken from their birth families because drugs, neglect or indifference. Most of our blessings come to us pint-size (new-born). We are foster parents. These parents do not know what they are missing out on.
One of my favorite Bible verses is James 1:27 which says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
This Christmas season take time out for your family. Take a few days from work and spend some real quality time with your loved ones. If you can find the opportunity buy a gift for someone less fortunate and watch the smile on their face. Remember, God blesses those who bless others.
I pray you all have a blessed and wonderful Christmas season.
***John E. Stack is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo