“The joy of giving” is a phrase caught to my attention in the last few days. In giving we receive joy in return. This does not necessarily come from the recipient. The real joy of giving is not expecting anything in return, as one of my year 7 students said.
Many Christians plan and prepare about giving gifts to their loved ones in this time of the year, the Advent Season. It is a happy time of the year. The sense of joy is everywhere. We experience joy even in stamping a Christmas card and posting it away. In giving, we receive happiness.
It is also a happy moment to see the faces of our loved ones accepting and unpacking the gifts with excitement in this time of the year. This excitement is a special feature on Christmas day.
Yet above all, we remember and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas in this time of the year. The greatest gift of all, the Christ Jesus, is given to us on Christmas Day and always by the infinite God who loves us unconditionally. This God feels an immense joy in giving His only Son to us. We should feel equally happy in accepting His precious gift.
On behalf of the Social Communications Team of the Australia-Pacific Province, I would like to wish each one of you a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with many blessings. May you all have a holy, joyful and safe Christmas time with your loved ones!