Presence is the most meaningful gift we can give.
Our scripture from Matthew points to the extraordinary story of an extraordinary birth! The birth of Jesus! Mary became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit! Joseph was so shocked by the pregnancy that he considered calling off the engagement. But then an angel showed up! And God brought a message that saved their relationship! "Don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife! This child was conceived by the Holy Spirit! This child will save his people - name him Jesus!"
God took on flesh and came to earth to save us! Jesus is Emmanuel - God with us! Jesus came to earth to be with us!
Questions to Ponder:
- Jesus modeled that presence is the most meaningful gift we can give. When have you received a gift of presence from someone? How did you feel?
- Have you ever been with someone that was physically present but emotionally distant? What will you do to be both physically and emotionally present with your friends and family?
- What will you do to "spend less" and "give more presence" this holiday season? How can you give more of yourself in the gifts you give to others?