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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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    Katz

    about 6 years ago

    8244 Comments

    Thank you so much for the beautiful message..We get so caught up in all the rush, that we sometimes forget what "Christ"mas is really about. I put up a Nativity display every year, but you know, as I drive by the houses with all the lights outside, I seldom see one displayed! It's Santas, Snowmen, Reindeer, Trees, (which is fine) but out of 100 houses, I found 1 Nativity displayed. We really need to get back to what this Holiday is all about and to teach children that it isn't all about toys and Santa, but the birth of our Lord and Savior..
    Again, thank you for the beautiful message and may God bless you and your family in the New Year...Have a Blessed Christmas...

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    Krash

    about 6 years ago

    58 Comments

    Thank you Lord, for all you have done for me and Thank You Chaplain for your words of direction

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    AZmeangreen

    about 6 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Thanks for the Christmas reminder, that was a great article. Merry Christmas!

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    dep133

    about 6 years ago

    410 Comments

    Thanks Chaplain, that was awesome. Merry Christ mas to you also and God Bless!

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    MrsMajDavis

    about 6 years ago

    598 Comments

    Very nice.... I will be sharing this with non-PL public shortly.

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    rfd373

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Thank you for the reminder.... Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours...

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    greenandgrayofficer

    about 6 years ago

    454 Comments

    Thank you Sir for that inspirational message......Merry Christmas and God bless to all......

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    Great Poem,and words of Wisdom.Keep writting,and may god be with you always.

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    Thanks for the words of wisdom, may God bless you! Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    Geddie456

    about 6 years ago

    178 Comments

    Thank you for the reminder I get so caught up in all the hustle and bustle and tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas! May you and yours have a very blessed Christmas and a safe New Year!

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    kobus4angel

    about 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Awesome, thanx.... Merry X-mas and happy new year to all!!!

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for the uplifting article! May you have a safe and blessed Holiday season also.

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    Anonymous

    about 6 years ago

    thank you for that. we really need to remember this and pass it along. god bless you in this christmas season my brother in christ.

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    valricks5250

    about 6 years ago

    30 Comments

    The message we need to carry with us all year long, AWESOME.
    Thanks so much.

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    ccso8462

    about 6 years ago

    1150 Comments

    Bill hits it out of the park! Thanks for sharing.

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