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You're Going to Love It!You're Going to Love It!
by Tom Norvell

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    As Mom and Dad cautioned their children about rattling their presents they spoke these words: “We can’t wait for you to see what we have for you this year. You’re going to love it!” Those same words were spoken by a husband to his wife, a son to his father, a daughter to her mother, and by countless others as presents are placed under the Christmas tree not to be opened until Christmas morning. They knew they would love the gift because they knew the recipient, and the knew what they wanted.

    The life-long friend placed a strange looking gift on the coffee table, gave a sheepish smile and said, “I have searched far and wide for just the right gift. You’re going to love it!” He explained how much joy it gave him to have the opportunity to give the gift. He explained how much their friendship had meant through the years.

    The young wife had been sticking money back for months so she could surprise her husband on Christmas Day. She had checked out the best prices and gotten the most for her money. She knew what he wanted and she knew he would love it. So when he started opening the small package which contained the remote control she could not contain herself and squealed, “I know you’re going to love it!”

    It had been almost a year since his Dad had left home. He had only talked with him by telephone on special occasions when the overseas operator could get them a good connection. His mother had gotten a call last week explaining that his dad would be home for Christmas, but he wanted to surprise his son. All week long the boy had asked his mother what he was getting for Christmas. She would smile and say, “Oh, you’re going to love it!”

    The Creator of the Universe had almost completed His creation when He caused the man to go to sleep. As he began to doze he heard the Great Voice say, “Just wait until you wake up. You won’t believe what comes next! You’re going to love it!”

The greatest gift of all, the gift of God’s Son, will be with us for ever.
    For centuries the promises were made. “He will reign on David’s throne.” “He will be called Master, Savior, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” “He will rule for eternity.” As His people grew weary from the waiting He made them one more promise, “The blind will see, the lame will walk, the oppressed will be freed. You’re going to love it!”

    We have always been told “It is better to give than to receive.” That’s hard for a seven-year-old to understand. Opening his eyes and seeing the new puppy is probably the greatest joy he could ever imagine. As we get older we understand that truth more fully. As much joy that I find in giving my wife, or one of my children “the perfect gift” for Christmas, that joy pales in significance to what our Father must have felt as He prepared to send His one and only Son into the world.

    The presents under the tree are about to be opened. The wrappings will be discarded. The gifts, even the most valuable ones, will eventually lose their value. But the greatest gift of all, the gift of God’s Son, will be with us for ever. You’re going to love it!

    Enjoy His gift!

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      © 2002, Tom Norvell. Used by permission. A Norvell Note is a weekly email message from Tom Norvell. Check it out!

      Title: "You're Going to Love It!"
      Author: Tom Norvell
      Publication Date: December 24, 2002


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Tom NorvellTom Norvell is the author of "A Norvell Note." He ministers at the East Brainerd Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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