Sometimes, we proclaim that an item is the "best" gift we have ever received. Naturally, this distinction changes with the hands of time. I likely thought this was some sort of doll at one point in my life, or some fabulous expensive purse or piece of jewelry as of late. Possessions.
The fact remains, these things really aren't our best gifts. The best gifts we receive are small, simple and meaningful--and don't cost a lot of money. At work, a mystery person has been giving the occupants of our office such gifts every Christmas. It's always something special, something unique and meaningful and is something I treasure dearly. It changes each year, but the meaning behind the gift is always inspiring.
Last year, it was this ornament. It's a plastic globe with a feather and some glitter inside; really nothing special at face value. But it was the message attached that meant something:
I am an angel feather sent from God above
to serve as a reminder
of His most gracious love.
I am from your guardian angel to remind you
that each time you stumble or nearly fall;
thank God and all his angels
for answering your call.
I've kept this ornament in my office, just behind my computer screen, ever since. It's a nice little reminder. Besides, it's in good company next to my other treasures: a reminder of how long we'll be waiting (on the first-waiting-waiting list) for adoption, a sweet card from a friend, my grandmother's address at the nursing home and the Serenity Prayer. It's good to have all my best gifts together.