Maybe you know the feeling.
Maybe a certain someone at work is friendly to everyone else but you.
Maybe you’ve set your heart on someone only to have that feeling go unreturned and maybe even unackowledged.
Maybe you feel alone in a crowd, unwanted and invisible.
Maybe you’ve even felt that the world would be better off without you in it.
Maybe you feel like no one will ever choose you, that no one will ever desire you, that no one will love you in the way you’ve always dreamed of being loved.
Advent says differently.
Advent says God saw you at your worst and thought you were worth saving.
Advent says God loved you so much and couldn’t bear to be without you to the point that He put on human skin to be born in the lowliest way to the lowliest people to show that no one is beneath His grace.
Advent says that God’s love for you is more than academic and theoretical. That love led Him from a manger to a cross, where His death once and for all gave your life meaning and purpose and value. He really did think you were to die for.
In the next 13 days, it’s always good to remember those we love and choose gifts that represent how much the people in our lives mean to us.
But don’t forget the best gift is already given. The best gift came wrapped in cloth, delivered in a dirty animal feeding trough, born to die so that you who are dead may know what it means to come alive to God and everything good.
What is my gift in return? Me. What is your gift? You.
Not your good works. Not your best intentions. Not your trophies and awards.
You. Right where you are, just as you are, warts and scars and all.
Like 2,000 years ago in a little barn, all God is looking for is a place to start.