She simply asked, “so have you ever read Bradbury’s The Gift”? Honestly, I had not and worse, I had never even heard if it. It was not long after that question before I made it my goal to find and read this story. This was a few years ago and since that time I have read Bradbury’s “The Gift” around Christmas time repeatedly and I also read Colossians 1:15-19.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

I encourage you to read both and be moved to gratitude for the gifts that surround us all.

Books mentioned in this essay may be found in The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore. This essay was originally published on Musings of a Christian Humanist and appears here with Dr. Woods’ gracious permission.

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