What’s the best Christmas present you can ever give?
Give words. Give the gift of written words.
Years ago, when I was almost 18, and just about to graduate from high school, my grandmother gave me a Bible for Christmas.
It’s a great Bible. In fact, it was my first study Bible—a New American Standard, Ryrie Study Bible. I still have it and occasionally use it today. It was a quite expensive gift for her at the time.
But, the greater part of the gift was a supplement to the book inside the Bible.
Inside she included these handwritten notes. Please understand, I know the words of the Bible are eternally more important than the words of my grandmother, but I have lots of Bibles. These words cannot be duplicated by anyone else.
She shared her heart. She wrote Scripture which was important to her. She encouraged me to live a life of value. She expressed her joy in being my grandmother.
It was the greatest part of the gift. The most valuable.
It was then and it is now. I’m 52 years old—almost 53—and this is still one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.
I still have the Bible—and, like I said, it sits tighter with many other Bibles on my shelf. I could replace the Bible. I can’t replace these notes.
My grandmother died in 2013, a few months after my grandfather. She was my last remaining grandparent. As soon as I heard of her death, I went to that Bible—to read the notes she had written. I have read these notes hundreds of times since she first wrote them. I’m positive—Lord willing—I’ll read them 100 more.
The best Christmas gift ever—at least that a human can give—is to give the gift of words.
Who needs a letter from you this Christmas?
Maybe a child, a grandchild, a parent, a spouse, a friend. Write! Give. Bless.
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