God the Father gave the gift of his Son, Jesus. Jesus gave his followers the gift 0f his Spirit. ( See I Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4.) The Spirit gives gifts to the followers of Jesus, gifts to be used in ministry to others. When we abide in Jesus, his Spirit produces fruit in us – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These fruits make us a blessing and a gift to others. These fruits bear seeds that reproduce more of the same fruit in our circles of influence, bringing the Kingdom of God to earth. These are gifts that last, gifts that keep on giving.
May you discover these gifts this Christmas and joyfully unwrap and share them. As you do, may the Holy Spirit descend on you, like a dove, and bring you sweet peace.