Giver of Joy The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem, where the Savior, Jesus Christ, was born.

Giver of Joy!

Front of Livin' Light's Christmas LIFE shirt. The design is on a navy, long-sleeved shirt and shows a gift wrapped in red with green ribbon for Christmas. The wrapping has a large word, "LIFE", on it in bright green. The tag on the gift says, "Love, God."
John 3:16 is the most well-known Bible verse of all time. Out of God’s grace, mercy, and love, He gave us His Son as ransom for our sins, in turn, giving us eternal life.

Wrapping up the last Christmas presents, I thought how absolutely wonderful is this season of giving!  People experience so much joy out of finding the just the right gifts that will make those they care about happy.  I saw my husband put something in a stocking with a big smile on his face.  I too have a few surprises for him!

Joy starter

Then, I think about who started all of this joyful giving.  God did!

John 3:16 NIV — “For God SO LOVED the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”

There is no gift more delightful than that!  What a legacy God left that we can all have such joy in making others happy.

Back side of Livin' Light's LIFE shirt that quotes John 3:16. Navy shirt with bright green lettering.

Inconceivable effect

We can make those in our family, friend and work circles happy. It feels even better knowing that we can help others outside our domain through giving to missions.  Now just imagine multiplying that times millions and that is how much joy God and His heavenly realm felt by loving all of us through the gift of Jesus Christ, the best and first Christmas gift ever, the source of eternal joy!

Luke 2:13-14 NLT — Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of heaven — praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Thank you, God!