December 2019 Web Article


What is the worse gift you ever got for Christmas? Now, it has to be a gift, no getting away with saying the worse was no gift at all.  You know what I mean. A gift that was far from what you ever wanted and in fact was probably something you absolutely dreaded you might get. Something like, socks, underwear, ties, or gifts cards to a gym (are they hinting at something with that one?) or maybe a membership to cheese of the month club (ok, so maybe you like cheese, substitute anything you do not want to see show up in your mail box every month for a whole year). Ok, now when was the last time you have that kind of gift to someone for Christmas?

We all have ideas of what we want and what makes us happy. In fact we even believe we know what makes other people happy.  Now my dear wife and I are totally different when it comes to buying Christmas presents. I see something and think it looks like a good idea and get it. My wife on the other hand takes the time and asks herself if this is something she knows the person likes and busy her gifts accordingly (did I happen to mention she is the bright one of the two of us? After all every men marry up and women marry down).

Truth is my wife does not buy something to make people happy but to bring them joy, something that will last.

Our Heavenly Father does the same thing. Scripture says every good gift comes from God. The most precious gift of joy of course is the gift of eternal life that cost everything for God to provide.  It is a gift that lasts forever and is filled with joy and just what we need too at the same time.

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Humbly submitted,

Jim Vogt Cornerstone Chaplain