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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. . . — James 1:17

Reflect

Recall your favorite birthday present as a child. Maybe it was a special doll, a hand-made sweater, or a favorite book or musical selection. While the gift may have been memorable, it's likely that your memory of the giver is even more poignant. Watching her face mirror yours as she saw your delighted expression, the awareness of how well she knew you in order to choose this particular gift, the generosity and sacrifice of buying or making this gift for you—they all said one thing: I know you and I love you.

Our lives are brimming with lovely gifts from God. It's so important that we don't forget for a moment to seek to know and love the Giver more than the gifts. He alone is the best gift we could ever receive.

Smile with sheer joy! You have a relationship with the God who knows you best!

Pray

Lord, I have sheer joy in the fact that You know me and love me.