Shopping, Wrapping and Praying

 

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Day 2 in how we can include God in our Christmas frenzy. We all buy more gifts at Christmas than any other time of the year. We may do things to minimize the number of gifts, but we are still shopping and wrapping. Since these are things we are going to do anyway, we should try to find a way to include the Lord in it. 

I met with a new friend for coffee yesterday I had met when I spoke in Singapore and she shared an idea she heard about gift buying. Teresa shared with me the three gift concept, like the three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus. 

Matthew 2:11

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 

The three gifts to be purchased could be one someone needs, one they want and one that will help them grow spiritually; a want, a need and a spiritual growth gift. Along with getting people’s wish lists, why don’t we take the time to ask them for how we can pray for them as well. Knowing they are prayed for and seeing how God hears and answers their prayers will be the gift that keeps on giving because it will help build their faith and ours.

After all of the shopping is complete, we still have the task of wrapping. Pray for each person as you wrap their gifts. Take time to lift them and their needs to the Lord. It will help you stay connected to God during this chaotic time of the year and bless both you and the one you are praying for.

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