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The Greatest Gift

Chaplain Bill Wolfe / Llano County Sheriff's Office

Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. Here it is December again. The election is behind us, as is Thanksgiving, and the New Year is rushing at us. I’m ready for life to slow down a little… Christmas shopping’s got to get done again and my 56th birthday coming at me next February – about 20 years too soon.

Perhaps it was thinking about Christmas shopping that brought to mind the phrase “the Greatest Gift.” I got to thinking about what was the greatest gift you could give or receive.

For some it might be that new car (oops…forget that with this economy). For someone else it might be her boyfriend bringing a box with a big diamond in it (along with “popping the question”). It might be that first new bicycle that Blue Santa brought. It might be a healthy 7 lb. 10 oz. bundle of joy that shows up without causing Mom to spend days in labor. For someone else it might a good report from the doctor. In other words, in general it could be different things to different people.

But when you step back and look at it, all of these things have something in common. The “greatest gift” could be something you receive that is “beyond your wildest dreams.” It’s surely something that’s given in abundant love. But what stands out to me is that the greatest gift is almost certainly something that is beyond your means to acquire through your own resources.

So, let the Christmas sermon begin. At Christmas time we celebrate the Greatest Gift that mankind could receive. Since I just mentioned some characteristics of “the greatest gift,” let’s look at what makes it the Greatest Gift.

Well, I guess to start with, it’s because it’s something that wasn’t fashioned by the hands of man. It’s not something that was designed on a computer. The Gift was fashioned by the very hand of God.

It’s something that was given with the greatest love…I say greatest love because no love is greater than God’s love. “For God so loved the world…” Sometimes that’s a little hard to get our head around. It doesn’t say just that God loved. It says “so loved,” meaning a very deep and powerful love. And that love is still there. He still so loves us.

The Gift is the greatest because it’s beyond our ability to create or acquire on our own. If it were in our power, then it wouldn’t be necessary for God to give it. It’s the greatest because it is a restored relationship with God made possible.

What is the Greatest Gift? A Baby born in a stable and laid in a manger. His birth heralded by Angels and His home marked by one magnificent Christmas light. God Himself, come to earth as one of us, to make it possible for us to spend eternity with Him.

Let me leave you with the words to one of my daughter’s favorite Christmas songs (author unknown to us):

It’s not the biggest teddy bear
Sitting in the window there,
It’s not the chubby baby doll,
A wind-up toy or basketball.
It’s not the latest, greatest thing
That Santa Claus will ever bring,
But still, it’s the greatest Gift of all.

It’s not a fancy shirt to wear,
A shiny diamond solitaire,
A silken tie, a suit of tweed—
The silly things we think we need.
The greatest Gift to come our way
Was sent by God on Christmas Day.
Jesus is the greatest Gift of all!

When He came down to earth,
It was a lowly birth,
But soon the world would sing,
“Behold the King of Kings!”
And when He died for me,
He gave unselfishly
The greatest Gift of all!

It’s not the greeting cards we write,
A choir singing “Silent Night,”
Snowflakes on the windowpane,
Stockings filled with candy canes.
The greatest Gift God gave to man:
A baby Boy in Bethlehem!
Jesus is the greatest Gift of all,
Jesus is the greatest Gift of all!

Wishing you and yours a very blessed Holiday Season, and we’ll visit again next year.

Chaplain Bill


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    modhu

    12 months ago

    4 Comments

    Every year we keep on running to shopping malls with a long list of gifts. Although I love gift shopping I do not like crowded malls. But now things have improved thanks to the online shopping outlets, I buy my gifts online now. I recently bought arborist supplies from ArborTechSupply.com for my uncle.

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    Gunsmoke16

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    The gift that keeps on giving. Take up the cross daily-keep the faith. May God bless you and your family, pouring out the Holy Spirit so that you may help others. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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    ChaplainTomFrederick

    over 5 years ago

    80 Comments

    Hey Brother...thanks for the article...sorry to be so long in getting back to read it. Well done

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    Hawaii_Collector

    over 5 years ago

    866 Comments

    Thank you for your message and have a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

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    LittleTxBrat

    over 5 years ago

    610 Comments

    Exactly how I feel. Thank you so much for sharing these words with us. May they touch the hearts of all.

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    wvanloon

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    Thank you fo rthe words and helping keep our focus. The peace of Christ be with you.
    Bill +

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    bruceg1220

    over 5 years ago

    746 Comments

    Thanks for your article and May the Peace of the Lord be with you always,

    Bruce

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Thank You for those wonderful words. I read a sign the other day on a Church on my way to work I thought was very fitting. It reads Xmas the season without the reason. We all fall short of the Glory of God from time to time, but I believe Christmas was given to us to remind us that God still loves us and even though we fall short sometimes he still loves us. He gave us the greatest Gift that we could ever receive on that cold winters night a Saviour Jesus Christ. There is no greater Gift than Salvation and forgiveness. God Bless Everyone and I wish you and your families a safe and Wonderful Christmas.

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    sdaily

    over 5 years ago

    732 Comments

    Wishing you the same Chap! Miss hearing from ya... And God bless you for your wonderful work you do in His name!

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    blue_cobra

    over 5 years ago

    112 Comments

    Thank you sir for that wounderful little message. God Bless and be safe all.

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    Johndeeretractor7800

    over 5 years ago

    62 Comments

    God is so wonderful!!!!

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    AuntieAbby03

    over 5 years ago

    506 Comments

    Thanks... Great post. I have a lot to be thankful..

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    devilpridemom

    over 5 years ago

    86 Comments

    I have experienced the greatest gift this season and I know it was given by God. Just two days ago my son was returning from a college tour and a tie rod broke on his truck. The vehicle went off the road and up on an rock embankment before flipping and skidding approximately 200 feet on it's top. My son was wearing his seatbelt and did sustain head injuries, broken teeth, and multiple facial lacerations. He was wearing a ball cap that was completely shredded while on his head. As my mother was killed in a roll over automobile accident four years ago, I know how this could have easily turned out. The accident reconstructionist told me that my son should not be alive. I know that God knows it would be difficult for me to survive without my only son and it was His mighty hand upon my child's head. It humbles me and brings tears to my eyes each time I look at him and relive those moments of that day. I know God loves me so much that he spared me from the pain of having to deal with what I know could have happened. I know this is lengthy, but I just had to share with you.

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    williaml

    over 5 years ago

    22 Comments

    Thank you for that it is amazing how people have lost the whole idea of christmas hey now people look at it as who has the biggest gift in days gone by it used to be about the fellowship of family the laughter of the kids and a whole day of wonderous fun after of course the morning service giving praise to our Creator, well I guess that eveyone in life has to make choices I just wish it wouldnt be so commercialised at Christmas. Enjoy your day all and festive greetings and a prosperous new year to all be safe out there it is madness on the roads and we all know that people have little or now regard for LEO. I'm out sorry for the Serman folks

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Thank you, Bill, for reminding all of us of how blessed we are each and every day. Commercialism distracts us from the true meaning of Christmas and it's unfortunate that some homes will not celebrate or even know the real significance of this season. Your message reminds me that I need to be thankful and to live each day as if it is Christmas because the unfathomable gift of grace is one that we receive over and over each day. God bless you and your family.

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