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My daughter and I have this special box.  It’s a tattered little worn red box that a piece of jewelry came in.  It has a gold bow embossed on the tiny lid.  And there’s a seven-year-old piece of cotton that rests on the inside.  This box is special to us because on every birthday, mother’s day, Christmas, or “just-because-day,” my sweet girl will sneak this box out of my bathroom drawer and find some treasure to put in it to surprise me with.  

 

 
When she was four years old and money was tight for a little girl her age, she got one of my rings that I wear often and put it in our little box and “re-gifted” my own ring back to me, exclaiming when I opened it, “I just knew you would love it!”  Nothing is sweeter than her heart that wants to give, even if she gave me something I already owned.  (Now if my husband tried this, it wouldn’t be as well received!!)
 
Once I found an especially pretty rock for her collection and gave it to my daughter after I wrapped it inside a piece of pink tissue paper and placed in our special box.  She was delighted!
 
Our recycled, reused little red box never contains gold or diamonds, though it was originally made for such pieces.  It has housed bird feathers, rocks, plastic dime store earrings, previously owned rings, and other assorted inexpensive trinkets.  But each time one of us receives this little box from the other, we are so happy even before seeing the contents.  We are happy with the love and the thought put into the gift even more so than the little treasure inside.
 
I wonder at the fascination and excitement in any human being of any age when they give a gift, no matter the size or cost.  I get so thrilled to see the other person’s reaction and hopefully their great pleasure with my gift.  It is even more thrilling to see the face of a child light up at an adult’s reaction to their gift.  
 
We were made to give.  We were made to think of others.  We were made to be selfless and others-centered.  We were made in the image of God……the great, giving, God!
 
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE………………………
And oh, what a gift we have received!
 
John 3:16-17
(The Message)
 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”