Ever given a small child (say under two and a half) something they really wanted? Maybe it is ice cream or a stuffed Mickey Mouse or a shoulder ride, but their expressions of joy are without compare -- and the feeling you get is pretty special too. Your reward of shrieks of laughter, huge smiles, and exuberant hugs make whatever sacrifices you made to give it to them worth it.
Our Father, too, delights to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). The Creator of the Universe dips down to share His blessings with us. A beautiful blossom or a stunning view. A comforting conversation or hug from a friend. A restful nap or a successful day's work. May we respond to His gifts like little children -- with joy-filled thankfulness to our God who has done great things for each of us (Deuteronomy 10:21 and 1 Samuel 12:24).
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.