Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1 v 17 )
I don’t know whether you are familiar with a TV programme, which is quickly becoming something of a “must watch”, entitled ‘The Repair Shop”?
It is set in the West Sussex countryside in an old thatched barn where very skilled restorers work their magic to bring much loved treasured items back to life. People bring their old broken down objects and the experts use their wonderful talents to breathe new life into them - what an amazing gift it must be to be able to bring such joy to the owners of said objects by lovingly renovating long abandoned keepsakes.
The joy is reciprocal, the giver of the gift is very proud of what he/she has been able to produce and the receiver is very often brought to tears by the sheer brilliance and skill of the giver.
That joy can also be felt when we, as the receiver, accept the gifts freely given by our awesome creator and ultimate restorer, God.
Lyn Hayes, ALM