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938th -- Forever Gifts


We should always remember and keep in mind that the greatest gifts are 
those that come from the heart. Doing things from our heart for those we
love will be remembered and thought upon for years to come. Be encouraged
to do the things that will last in your memory the longest. Reading 
stories, sitting by the fire eating marshmallows and simply spending time
with one another will create memories that will last a lifetime.

I hope this message inspires your heart to do all that you can to create 
memories with your loved ones that will be remembered for years to come.


Christmas is a season when we give gifts to those we love. Like the three
wise men of old too we each hope to find the perfect gift to express our 
love. As I look back on all the perfect gifts that I have gotten over the
years, however, I have noticed that none of them came wrapped in paper or
were put under a tree. Still, each of them found a forever home in my heart.

My Italian Grandma gave me the forever gifts of her big, strong hugs and 
soft, gentle kisses. My Mom’s sweet smile, twinkling eyes, and joyful 
laughter were gifts which lit up my life for so many years. My Dad gave me
the gifts of his wisdom and common sense even though I didn’t always use 
them. My brothers gave me the gift of time. Although I was several years 
younger they always made the time to play with their “little brother.” My
first dog gave me the gift of unconditional love and loyalty. A beautiful
girl gave me the gift of my first kiss which made me tingle from head to toe.

A favorite teacher gave me the gift of seeing that learning can be a joy 
instead of a job. My children gave me the gifts of tiny arms wrapped around
my neck and “I love you Daddy” whispered in my ear. So many beautiful souls
blessed me with the gift of their friendship. I also got gifts in the 
smiles of strangers, the hugs of neighbors, and the kind letters from 
people all over the world who had read my writings. Each one of them was 
precious. Each one of them was eternal.

Not a single one of these forever gifts could be bought in a store. They 
all had to be given from the heart. They won’t break, rust, or rot either.
Instead I will carry them in my soul all through this life and into the 
next. This Christmas then and every day of the year give your own forever
gifts to those you love. Remember too the wise words of Leo Buscaglia: 
“This life you are given is God’s gift to you and how you live it is your
gift to God.”

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of 
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall 
he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the
weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour
for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as 
it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, 
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Romans 12:10-14 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in 
spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; 
continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; 
given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”

Isaiah 49:13-16 “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth
into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and 
will have mercy upon His afflicted. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken
me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, 
that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may
forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the 
palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: WORDS FOR YOUR FAMILY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem106.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: FAITH
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony100.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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