WORTHINGTON — It’s that time of year again. It is time to decorate sugar cookies, time to brave the cold and to enjoy the festivities at Pioneer Village. This is also the time to choose the perfect family photo and send out Christmas greetings — and, let’s not forget searching high and low, attempting to find the perfect gift for each person on our list. Gift giving is a tradition in many homes at Christmastime; we ask our children to write lists detailing all their hearts’ desires. The lists are then shared with family members and the hunt for the perfect gift begins. My 5-year old asks every day, “Mom, can’t I open just one present? One, just one, and then I won’t bother you anymore.” He is so full of anticipation, of ripping open the colorful packages, his eyes simply sparkle with it.
Recently I was out running errands with my little guy and he nonchalantly stated, “Mom, Christmastime is a lot of work for you, isn’t it? You are baking cookies, and shopping, and wrapping presents, and working on Christmas cards. Does it ever get tiring, Mom? When do moms have time to remember that this is when Jesus was born?” I stopped right in the middle of the aisle; my heart suddenly ached.
My son — my precious 5-year old gift from God — had just called me out. Since that moment, my focus has been redirected. I am no longer searching for the perfect gift; instead I am finding opportunities to celebrate THE Perfect Gift, the gift of Jesus Christ.
The students at Worthington Christian School are also busy celebrating the season. They’ve been out and about caroling all around town, spreading cheer and the story of Christmas, and tonight, they would like to invite you to join them in their festive celebration! Come to the Worthington Christian School Gymnasium at 7 p.m. tonight for their presentation of “Every Perfect Gift.” All students will be involved in this production, which will be featuring both choral and instrumental pieces. Come and listen as we “unwrap” the Perfect Gifts of God — joy, peace, forgiveness, eternal life, and of course Jesus, who is the Word of truth wrapped in flesh, sent from above, and born to all. What a treasure each of these offerings are to every one of us!
I would like to personally invite you to take a moment to stop in the midst of all the holiday busyness, head over to WCS at 7 p.m. tonight, and join us in unwrapping each of these precious gifts.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” — James 1:17-18.
Lori Eekhoff is the principal at Worthington Christian School.