Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
My son, Timothy, is sometimes scared of the dark. But, he’s more scared of the dark of the dark, the shadows. The sunset casts shadows. The moon casts shadows. The nightlight, the hall light, his CD player – shadows, shadows, shadows.
I’m not sure how his fear of shadows began. Perhaps he watched Peter Pan one too many times. Now, he fears that the shadows in this room will also go rogue.
Movement causes shifting shadows. For old Tim, wrestling around in his bed, causes his shadows to move and plays into his fears. He’s five now, so fortunately this is fading. Plus I showed him how to use a shadow blaster: his flashlight.
God’s shadow doesn’t change. God is constant. One of my favorite hymns says, “There is no shadow of turning with thee” (Great Is Thy Faithfulness). Christ will always be the Head of the body. God will always be the Mayor of Heaven, despite any attempts from foursquare.com users. God is way ahead on check-ins.
Every good and perfect gift comes from God. Not every gift we receive is good or perfect. Thankfully some gifts come with a gift receipt, if not, there’s always ebay. But, a great gift-giver is a wonderful thing.
What makes a great gift? It’s not that they buy you something big or expensive. It’s that they know you well enough that they know exactly what you like. The relative who gives me a shake weight, just doesn’t have a clue. If they give me coffee or iTunes or a Kindle, then they’re speaking my love language. (Christmas is coming. Please feel free to forward this email.)
No one knows you more than God does. No one loves you more than God does. (REPEAT) No one knows you more than God does. No one loves you more than God does. (ALOUD THIS TIME) No one knows me more than God does. No one loves me more than God does.
What do you truly need today? God wants to give you good and perfect gifts.
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no Shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto thee.
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