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The Power of Gifts: Lessons from Mother’s Day

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The Power of Gifts: Lessons from Mother’s Day

Yesterday, I received my Mother’s Day present from my son who is out of state going to college. I miss him terribly and would pretty much do anything to have him closer but that is not going to happen. He is a sweet boy (of 19, that’s not a “boy” is it?) who has a good heart and who loves his mom—all wonderful traits as far as I’m concerned. He is also a great gift giver.

He is the only man in my life who knows and always buys me my favorite chocolates; he knows the things I like and he listens to what I need (my birthday gift last year was a GPS, a gift that everyone who knows me KNOWS that was divine intervention because I can get lost in my own neighborhood). He has always gotten me flowers, whether dandelions when he was 5 or daisies from FTD. And I don’t know where he learned to do this but I am so thankful he did!

His gifts also make me laugh. Take a look:

“Happy Mother’s day! Here are 4 things I thought you’d enjoy:

  • An owl themed toothbrush case for your extravagant travels
  • A screenplay version of the greatest movie ever, maybe to get you writing once more
  • A magnet to make you laugh, though none of the adjectives apply to you (except maybe OLD 🙂 )
  • And of box of good smelling goop. ‘Cause everybody needs that.

Lots of Love,

Lucas”

Gift giving is a big deal to me (again, probably some sort of Love Language for me). It’s not the stuff I love, it’s being known. It’s the fact someone thought about me and chose to get me something. Thoughtful gift giving takes time and effort—and I appreciate that deeply.

I think (I know) God is the same way. He appreciates the heart behind the gift and sacrifice. He has no need for the things we give to Him but I know it delights His heart.

Tokens of Affection

So what are the things He loves to get from His kids? Like any parent, He wants:

Love

Then one of the teachers of the Law heard them arguing. He thought Jesus had spoken well. He asked Him, “Which Law is the greatest of all?” Jesus said to him, “The greatest Law is this, ‘Listen, Jewish people, The Lord our God is one Lord! You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ This is the first Law.

“The second Law is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other Law is greater than these.”

Then the teacher of the Law said, “Teacher, You have told the truth. There is one God. There is no other God but Him. 33 A man should love Him with all his heart and with all his understanding. He should love Him with all his soul and with all his strength and love his neighbor as himself. This is more important than to bring animals to be burned on the altar or to give God other gifts on the altar in worship.”

Mark 12:28-33

Obedience

Samuel said, “Is the Lord pleased as much with burnt gifts as He is when He is obeyed? See, it is better to obey than to give gifts. It is better to listen than to give the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:23

And (like any parent) he detests being lied to or placated:

The Lord said, “These people show respect to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Their worship of Me is worth nothing.

Isaiah 29:13

So, what should you do today? Take it from Micah:

With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6: 6-8

What tokens are you offering today?