My favorite gift

What’s the greatest gift you could get?
 
In the couple approaching months to my husband’s big birthday, I realized that what he would want more than anything else was to have his kids at home for a visit.
 
So I reached out with what seemed to be an impossible request: Could you come?
 
And they are, with Hawaii girl already here. Last night I got home from massive Costco and massive Walmart shopping trips and called upstairs, “Hey, Craig, I’m home. Could you help unload the car please?”
 
Hehe . . . little did he know that his Hawaii girl was standing at the bottom of the steps.
 
Surprise #1. Check.
 
Surprise #2 will occur Thursday with the arrival of another bunch.
 
And I’m still hoping Surprise #3 can happen, despite fires and grape harvest and other concerns.
 
In this season of life I have realized that PRESENCE counts so much more than PRESENTS. The best gift truly is spending time with a friend or family member. It says, “I choose you.” It says, “I love you.” It says, “I will give up my time and my calendar and my everything else, because YOU are important to me.”
 
So when God the Father sent his only Son Jesus to earth for thirty-three hard years, that was the best gift ever. His presence is our Life Present. His presence shows me how much God loves me. His presence encourages me each and every day. His presence guides and protects me.
 
So, when I have my big birthday, you know what I want. Presence.
 
Janet McHenry is a speaker and author of 24 books–six on prayer, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would love to connect with you: https://www.janetmchenry.com.
 
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