The Gift Of A Boy

December 12, 2021
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When my youngest son, Joseph, was 17, he wrapped Christmas gifts and placed one under the tree for me. It was wrapped in camouflage gift wrap with matching duct tape. He even made sure that he used a gift tag with a deer on it. Pure boy!

What I love more than anything is that he signed his nickname "JT", which he claims not to like. He even told us when he was younger not to call him that, because his real nickname was Camaro. We humoured him and called him Camaro for a little while, but it never really stuck. He really is pure boy.

When we received each of our three boys, God made sure that we'd have no idea what He'd wrapped up and given to us in the form of a little boy, each one special in his own way.

Even though Joseph wrapped the Christmas gift in camouflage, wrote my name on it, and placed it under the tree, the giver is truly the gift to me.

I had no idea what the camouflage gift box contained. He made sure of that. I thought that it was a cardboard box that he'd saved and placed the gift inside to disguise the true present. He didn't want me guessing if it might be the bottle of perfume that I'd hinted would make a good gift for dear ol' mom.

But when I opened the gift on Christmas Eve, it wasn't what I'd thought at all. It wasn't even something that I'd told him I wanted. It was something that he wanted to give me — a kitchen appliance — a more expensive gift, and something that I needed.

So many years ago, the world also waited to receive the gift of a Boy. Only this present could never be bought. This baby Boy wrapped in swaddling cloths was actually God wrapped in human flesh, Who came to save us — a gift more expensive than we imagined and not exactly what we expected, but something that we needed.

God came — camouflaged in human flesh — fully God and fully man. The gift giver is also the gift.

We can become so busy amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season that we might forget the wonder of it all. How incredible it is that God would give us such a gift. He made a way for us to be in a right relationship with Him again through His beloved Son.

Through Him we receive many wonderful things:

  • Forgiveness of sins
  • Grace and mercy
  • Eternal life in heaven

This Christmas, seek Him, like the wise men and shepherds did so long ago, and find Him. There's a gift with your name on it, wrapped in camouflage, waiting for you to discover what's really inside: Jesus — the gift of a boy.

Matthew 1:21 – She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (NIV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the precious gift of Your Son. Thank You for sending Him and for making a way for us to be in a right relationship with You through Him. In His powerful name, we pray. Amen.

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Melinda Eye Cooper <melindaeyecooperwrites@gmail.com>
Cottontown, Tennessee, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Melinda.


    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Thank you, Melinda, for this sweet story that illustrates God’s love for us.


    Dear Melinda,
    What a sweet devotional. Thank you for your writing.


    Prayers for you today after an awful storm last night.
    Grateful for this well-written memory.


    Hi Melinda,
    Compliments on good writing and insights about a Wonderful gift.


    Thank you, Melinda. Mothers of boys especially understand your story… and we all understand the gift of the perfect son.
    (Texas)


    Dear Melinda, I loved reading your devotion early this morning. It was beautiful. I pray that you are alright as we see the terrible storm that has hit the US. It breaks our heart to see the devastation. May we seek Him in these times.


    Your family really must revel in Christmas! Enjoy this year’s celebration together. I wonder what treat will be disguised this year.
    Thanks for this, Melinda! Bless you,
    (BC Canada)


    What an interesting take on what Mary must have felt and experienced as you related your own similar feelings regarding your own situation. I love the unusual things that you relate from your own life that make us look at God’s hand in life in a different way.
    Blessing upon blessing to you in this holiday season.


    Greetings Melinda,
    What a beautiful story you have related of a happening in your family at this very reflective time of year. Yes, we are so fortunate to receive the most precious gift from God in the form of our loving Saviour Jesus. Nothing can surpass the joy of His gift. Blessings for your delightful and very meaningful writing.


    Oh Melinda, what a wonderful and so meaningful devotional you have written!
    May each reader discover or rediscover what you have expressed so well:
    “There’s a gift with your name on it, wrapped in camouflage, waiting for you to discover what’s really inside: Jesus – the gift of a boy.”
    Peace to you.


    Dear Melinda,
    I have two sons and grew up with both my husband and I have several brothers, so I have grown up around lots of boys. I love the story of your son’s gift to you. I love the story of God’s gift to us.
    Thank you for sharing such a love gift and how special you feel about all your sons. Great memories.
    Dear Father, thank you for all your gifts however they are wrapped and help us to celebrate the greatest gift of all – your boy. Blessings and a joyful Christmas remembering the wonder of it all.


    Very good, thanks.


    A very timely reminder which hopefully will cause the readers to think about. Thanks.


    Thank you, Melinda, for these special meaningful thoughts before I head for bed. I talk to the Lord numerous times a day, sometimes just a thank you for something very simple, but there is no request that is so small that He doesn’t need to take much time on that one. I love to talk with Him after I have read my last devotional of the day and crawled in bed. There are times I fall asleep and resume when I awaken during the night or in the morning. So good night and have a Blessed Christmas with your family and all you do.
    (California)

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