There was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. Money was tight, very tight.
Part of their last one hundred dollars (which was to be used for groceries and gasoline) was spent on gold wrapping paper, an act that triggered the husband’s anger in screaming at his wife for being wasteful. Later that evening he discovered their youngest child, all of five years old, had used all of the gold wrapping paper to wrap what looked to be a shoebox, an act that prompted him to grab her by one arm, jerk her into the air, and slap her hard several times.
The next morning, after he kicked the wrapped box out of his way, his anger continued to grow as he wondered where his daughter had gotten money to buy whatever was inside the shoebox.
It was at that point his little daughter, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father saying, “This is for you, Daddy!”
As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her. But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger boiled over. "Don't you know," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!"
The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling down her cheeks and whispered: "But Daddy, I did put something in it. I blew kisses into it! It’s full of love just for you! "
The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger. He then hugged his wife and other child, begging them for forgiveness as well. He cried out to God for help, and received it.
The father received a healing within at that moment — the enemy, his selfishness (often expressed as unrighteous anger, sexual compulsions, bitterness, unforgiveness) died. Unconditional love birthed.
A short time later an accident took the life of that child. That father kept this little gold box by his bed for the rest of his life. When discouraged or facing difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of his beautiful little girl who had put it there.
Each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with a most valuable gift, unconditional love. The real reason for Christmas is because God sent His Son, Jesus, as His gift of unconditional love for each of us.
If you have not received this gift yet, why not do it this Christmas? He wants you to experience His gift of unconditional love.
Better yet, why not give His unconditional love away to others who don’t expect it? You just might heal a heart, a life, forever, in an instant. After all, if a five-year old child can, you can, too!
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