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  • Writer's pictureBeth Hildebrand



Almost all the leaves have gracefully fallen off the trees and twirled to the ground. The drawers with the summer clothes won’t be opened for a while, and it’ll probably be next spring until we buy popsicles again. So…

…the holiday season begins.

Our kids don’t really have any ideas of toys they want to write on their Christmas wish lists this year. That’s a good thing that they’re not thinking they want everything on the shelves in the toy store but it makes me see that they’re not as young as they used to be and not having to have those “hot Christmas toys” anymore. (and hey, that means I might not have to go out on Thanksgiving night or at 4am the morning next week to go shopping!) But it shows me that things just change. Not for better or worse…just different.

Things just don’t stay the same. And what a gift that can be, but a gift that’s sometimes hard to open.

Some people love to rip open a wrapped gift with gusto as fast as they can with excitement to see what’s inside. Others are very particular and take the time unwrapping the pretty paper, not wanting to tear or mess it up so they can hold onto it. They might be skeptical thinking what’s inside isn’t what they really wanted, or didn’t want to end the fun time of the anticipation prior to that moment.

How do you like to open gifts? Is that the same way you open the gift of each day? Is that the way you open the unknown? Is that the way you open the gift of change?

Whichever way you open your gifts, keep this in mind:

The one gift that is perfect to open, and necessary to open, is the gift that stays the same. It is the unwavering, profound and unconditional love Jesus has for us. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow,” (Hebrews 13:8)…and that will not change. (Malachi 3:6)

I hope you have a weekend filled with that reminder!

Joining in today with 5 minute Friday and today’s word was STAY.

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