I don't have the greenest thumb when it comes to indoor plants, but almost every year I treat myself to a poinsettia. This year I decided to forgo the disappointment of watching it grow increasingly forlorn as its leaves dropped during the month of January. I had looked longingly at other peoples' Christmas cacti but hadn't acted on my secret desire to own one. To be so unexpectedly gifted last night was a great blessing.
"Unexpectedly gifted" is how I feel about God's love. It continues to take me by surprise almost daily.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the GIFT of God..." (Ephesians 2:8). Later in this letter Paul would pray...."that you, being rooted and grounded in love may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God...."
THIS is my Christmas prayer - for EVERYONE reading this and for those who never will..