One Gift You Should Not Forget to Give

Have you read the book Sparkle Box by Jill Hardie?

Last Sunday, we had a children’s moment during the service.  All of the kids sat cross-legged crowding the stage, as someone read Sparkle Box to them and the whole congregation.  The story is about a little boy who is eager to open the Christmas present wrapped in a sparkly box.  His parents have to tell him that he must wait, because the box is not ready to be opened.  As he waits, the boy watches and helps his family in various service projects in and outside his community.  When Christmas approaches, they reveal what is inside the box and it is just a few hand-written notes.  However, each note captured something the family or the son did for someone else in need.

In the story, the parents say that the Sparkle Box represents their gift to Jesus.  Anything they did for someone in need was a gift to God.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:40

Each family concluded the service by making a Sparkle Box of their own.  Their challenge is to fill that box as a family, and present it to their loving Savior on His birthday.

Tap and I have decided to take this challenge as well.  It is important to remember that everything we have is not earned, but is a gracious gift from the Creator.  He has given us soo much, it would be good to be intentional in giving back to Him.

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