Like a Gift To Be Opened

I could hardly sleep.

A tiny box, tied with ribbon, lay under the tree.

Our 16-year-old daughter had no inkling of what awaited her – the kind of surprise every teenager dreams of. A key.

A key to new independence.
A key to new responsibility.

Christmas morning came. She opened the box.

Disbelief turned to shock.
Shock turned to surprise.
Surprise turned to squeals.
Squeals turned to delight.

Sheer delight.

Hers and ours.

What joy it is to give. To open a box and find a key. A key to open another gift.

It has given me much to consider. As her parents, we spent months preparing for this moment. It was worth it too, just to see the look on her face.

And yet, our heavenly Father spent thousands of years preparing the world for the greatest gift possible.

He gave himself. Wrapped in flesh. To open our hearts to Him.

And He continues to give. For He loves to give good gifts (James 1:17).

Now, a new year awaits, like a gift to be opened.

I can’t wait to open this new year and see what gifts He has in store.

What are you most looking forward to in 2012?

Today, I am joining Lisa Jo.
You’re invited to take five minutes and write about “open.”

14 thoughts on “Like a Gift To Be Opened

  1. Pingback: Milestones in Motherhood | Denise J. Hughes

  2. so much fun to read!

    i was 20 when i opened my gift like that… but oh, i remember the delight. priceless photo.

    i pray that God, in His grace, allows each of us to look forward, to delight in the anticipation, for the new things He will accomplish in 2012 – expected and unexpected!

    happy new year!

  3. How exciting for your daughter. In 2012, I am most looking forward to watching God's plan and purpose unfold for my life. I am not sure what all the means yet, but my heart says “yes”!

  4. Denise,
    What a gifted writer you are! I felt as though I was there watching your daughter unwrap her special present. Can I go ahead and pre-order your first novel?? Doesn't matter what it's about because you are such an awesome story teller. Hope your new year is the best yet.

  5. What an exciting thing! How precious. Oh how the giving is so good and how blessed are we when we are willing to live life, giving it away… so exciting!

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