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The Perfect Gift (3 of 4)
Series: Christmas Presence
Pastor Jeff Schreve
When I was a kid growing up, we had a tradition in my family. We would not open any gifts until Christmas morning. And you had to get up real early as a kid on Christmas morning to open things. But my mom would let us open one gift on Christmas Eve, sometime in the morning. And I had aunts and uncles from different parts of the country and they would send gifts to us. And we'd get them, you know, like the 15th or so and they'd be under the tree. And as a little kid, 6, 7, 8 year old, you're so excited. And you'd look at that gift, and you'd shake that gift, and you're trying to figure out what is it, what is it? And I might have four or five different gifts from aunts and uncles and things like that which they had sent to me and they were under the tree on Christmas Eve. And my mom would say, "Okay, now you can pick one out. Which one is it going to be?" And so I remember picking one out and the box just looked good. I just imagined, boy, this is going to be a toy. It's going to be something fun. I can play with it all day and it's going to pass the time until Christmas Day comes. And I opened it and it was a wallet (laughter). I'm 7. What am I going to put in my wallet? (laughter) I mean, all I've got is teeth under my pillow and that was so disappointing. One year I opened it, it was soap on a rope (laughter). What's up with that? Why do they make soap on a rope? My shower area is not that big. I didn't need to hold on to it. It was like a big necklace (laughter). I think when I was 16 that aunt wanted to send me shaving cream on a beam, you know, just something that rhymed. It was crazy. But we can all probably relate to getting a gift at Christmastime that's kind of a downer, kind of a disappointment. And I appreciated my relatives, the sentiment and the love, but it wasn't what I wanted. Isn't it wonderful when you get a gift that just perfect for you, that goes so far be ...
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