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Box of Chocolates

JusJoJan 10 January 2022

This post is part of JusJoJan. The word for today is “chocolate.” So here goes.

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The thing that makes a box of chocolates special compared to a slab of chocolate is the variety and the surprise. Not everybody likes every chocolate in a mixed box. If I come across a coconut or a Turkish delight chocolate, I quickly look for somebody to hand it on to. Nevertheless, a box of chocolates to me is a symbol of abundance. (Did I mention I was a chocoholic?)

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]” (John 10:10b Amplified Bible.)

Life is a gift. It consists of years, months, weeks, days. So, each day is a gift. Imagine the excitement we would feel if we regarded each day as a chocolate from a big box. Suppose we woke up each morning and there, on our bedside table, was an unlabeled chocolate wrapped in gold foil. Depending on our character, we’d unwrap it slowly and carefully or quickly with excitement. Then we’d bite into it and savour all the goodness of our gift.

Then we’d be able to say, with the Psalmist, “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NIV)

My Prayer

Father God, may I not take my days for granted but recognise that each one is a special gift from You.

It’s the Love

3 January 2022

It’s not the thought that counts. It’s the love behind the thought that counts.

When my 12-year-old granddaughter made 52 cards which she shared out among the family and asked them to write or draw something encouraging for my daughter to look at for every Saturday in the year, that was love. The gift itself was worth no more than a sheet or two of cardboard, but the love behind the thought was priceless.

The parents who change their lives to make a happy family home for their disabled child, or the wife who puts her life on hold to look after a husband who has had a stroke, do it out of the abundance of their love. Such gifts have no monetary value but they are worth more than gold, more than diamonds.

The woman who gate-crashed the party at Simon the Leper’s house, broke her treasure and anointed Jesus, did it out of love. To the disciples, especially Judas, it seemed such a waste. But Jesus saw the love that was behind the gift. (Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-48, John 12 ;1-8 NIV)

All around us is an abundance of love but we don’t always see it. Our eyes are too focused on the material, the physical.

God has blessed us with so many things.”… God … richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17b Amplified Version) This is just one of the ways God shows the abundance of His love to us. Most supremely, however, “…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV)

My Prayer

Father God, please attune my eyes to see the love, the love of ordinary people around me as well as the abundant love You have shown and continue to show us. Thank You for your indescribable gift. Amen.