The best gift ever!

Giving and receiving gifts can be very enjoyable. We could each make a list of good gifts that we have received. It might be five or it might be 50. Now let us imagine that we list them from the best on down to the end. This would be quite a chore and take days, weeks or months to complete. The following are a few of mine.

We have lived in the same house for nearly 51 yars. I have no recollection of ever having received or given one negative remark to any of our 20-plus neighbors.

Other great gifts include having 5 children, 10 grandchildren and some great-grandchildren who for the most part hug me and say "I love you." The younger children might think of great gifts as material gifts. Those of us who are older tend to think more in terms of relational gifts: health, financial security and friends all rank high.

The number one gift for all of us, whether we are aware of it or not, is the gift of God sending His Son to die and pay for our sins. Just to think that He not only paid for our sins, but also invites us to invite Him into our lives is incredible.

In 1 John 1:9, we read tht He will forgive all our failures. In 5:12, it states that a person who has the Son has eternal life. Revelation 3:20 tells us that He stands at our heart's or life's door waiting to be invited in to abide with us.

Yes, most of us have received some incredible gifts. God's gift, however, is in a class by itself. This has nothing to do with any single denomination or church. It is simply the recipe or prescription given to us by God in His Word. I try to always carry copies of a little New Testament and tract that tell us "The steps to peace with God." They are always there for the taking.

For the 2010 Club, June 27 takes us to Job 12 and Acts 8.

Have a great week as you embrace the best gift ever.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.

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