"Go," Jesus replied, "your son will live." The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
It is ten days before Christmas. I am finally on my way to Walmart to purchase stocking-stuffers and a few gifts for my son, daughter, son-in-law, and, of course, my precious granddaughter, Virginia Rose.
In our home, we don't go overboard at Christmas. We keep gifts simple, useful, but meaningful. It has become a tradition to give new pajamas to son, Daniel, daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law, John. How thrilled I am to find the perfect sets for each of them!
Stocking odds and ends are a breeze, too. Even for Virginia. I am so excited when I find a CD of Christian songs for children. She loves music and I envision her clapping and dancing to the tunes that her mother will recall from her many memorable summers at church camp.
But, when it comes to finding that one special toy to wrap and place under the tree for my darling girl, I am at a loss.
The shelves groan with a plethora of choices for her age group.
And, so many, too many, resemble toys she already has.
Then, I spot it. An interactive pocketbook with all the accoutrements, sized for a toddler, that one would find in mommy's purse. I take it down from the shelf for a closer inspection.
Cute, but is this the right gift? Will she play with it? I know how much she loves to place things in containers and take them out again . . . how much she loves to explore her diaper bag . . . it talks? Wow! Hmm, looks like batteries ARE included . . .
My expression conveys my inner uncertainty.
"Oh, my little girl just loved this toy!"
I turn to see a pleasant young woman smiling at me.
"Really? Did she? I'm trying to find a gift for my granddaughter and I was thinking about buying this one."
"How old is she?"
"Almost 17 months."
"Perfect! My daughter got this on her second birthday and it was her favorite for years."
An immense relief washes over me.
"Thank you," I say, "I was so confused about what to get. You've been such a help."
"You did look a bit worried. That's why I spoke up. Take my word for it, this is a great gift for your granddaughter."
"Thanks, again, and Merry Christmas!"
"Merry Christmas to you, too!"
I do take her word for it. Happily, I place the toy in my cart.
And, head off to checkout, confident in the knowledge I've found the perfect present for Virginia Rose.
Are you taking Jesus at His word?
Will you pray with me?
We pray, Father, for the grace to trust in Jesus' word more and more each day. Let us grow in His love and in His truth so that others may accept our words when we declare Him Lord of all. Amen.
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