Last week, I had the privilege of experiencing an American baby shower first hand. The subject of this gathering was my 6-week-old little boy Scot Lewis. The ladies of the congregation my husband David is about to pastor organized it, and what a gathering for such a little person. It was a special evening and our heartfelt thanks goes to all these ladies who gave up a busy summer evening to come.
Is this ALL for me ?
It was not a shower, but a deluge! Wonderfully thought-out gifts which all just fitted into the van before my two girls and little Scot trundled off home. Of course he was ready to party all night after being lovingly held and rocked all evening by the ladies, each in various stages of their maternal instincts. Some grans, some mums, and some “One day I wanna be a mommys.” It was worth being up half the night afterwards with a hyper-stimulated son!
The greatest baby ever and the greatest gift ever
Earlier in the day my thoughts went to a wonderful baby shower in the Bible; that of the Lord Jesus, one night, 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem.
It was planned in heaven long before any baby was born into this world. What expensive gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold for a king, but also myrrh that bespoke death and burial. I wonder what went through their minds as they chose these?
Here is the amazing thing though. The wise men gave the gifts to the baby Jesus, but HE GAVE these to them first, as the one who gives everything. In a sense, they were giving back what was already His. A helpless babe, but the giver of all things.
Even more wonderful is this. He Himself was a gift, THE greatest gift ever. They gave Him gifts, but He gave them the GREATEST gift ever, Himself. He was their Savior, their King. He was THE gift of salvation to them.
Where are these men now? They are still offering their gifts to Him, in heaven. Only they give much greater than gold, frankincense and myrrh. They give adoration in praise and thankfulness forever.
Do you have the greatest gift in your possession? Will you have adoration and thankfulness to this baby forever? Do I? Will I?
Well, these were my thoughts as I reflected on Scot’s future, all our children’s future, and the future of all the young girls who joined us on that happy evening. Will they know Jesus as their precious Savior gift when all earthly gifts have faded and gone? I plead with the Lord that they will. I am thankful for a willing Savior.
O children, hither do ye come,
and unto me give ear;
I shall you teach to understand
how ye the Lord should fear.
(Scottish Metrical Psalm 34:11)
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