I probably should not be deciding what my favorite Christmas gift is before I have even celebrated Christmas. But, last night after I got home from what would have been Shawn’s graduation, I opened a gift from one of his classmates. It came with a simple card that read, “God Bless You, Jennifer. I am so glad to have met Shawn and I really wish he was here today.”
Inside the box was a stone crafted cross with the engraved verse, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:8”
My eyes were fixed upon the word “purpose” and I was warmed to read the cross’s prayer. My second reflection focused on the word love and the concept of God’s love enduring forever. How perfect this gift reached me, especially since Shawn’s death I have been convinced that in the end only three things remain: faith, hope and love. And I am sure that love is the greatest.