[The good shepherd] calls his own sheep by name.
— John 10:3 (NIV)
One Christmas when my son, Steve, was about eight years old, he came home from Sunday school with a present from his teacher. “I got a gift with my name on it,” he announced proudly. I was puzzled. I knew that all the children had received similar gifts. Why was it so important to him that the gift had his name on it? He explained that the teacher had chosen this particular version of the gift with him in mind. As he had looked around the room, he knew that Mrs. L. had chosen the gift that was the best one for him. He felt special. God offers me gifts at Christmas, the gifts of redemption, forgiveness, and a restored relationship with the Creator through God’s Son, Jesus. God offers the same gift to everyone, but my salvation is unique to who I am. It is more than a generic gift with a tag that says, “To: Anyone.” It has my name on it. My relationship with God is unique to who I am with my personality, gifts, and abilities. God sees me, and each one of us, as an individual who is special and worth loving. What an amazing gift! Read more from Bernice on The Upper Room blog today.
Thought for the Day: God offers each of us a unique relationship of love.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the gift of your love seen in Jesus Christ. Amen.
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