Rob Drinkwater, with the Western Star, reports,
Back in 1970, Adrian Pearce was a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at George S. Henry Secondary School in Don Mills, Ontario, looking forward to Christmas vacation.
Then his girlfriend — his first serious girlfriend — broke up with him.
"She gave me a present at the same time and I took the present home. I had a long walk home and I was all upset and angry and all the things you feel when somebody breaks up with you," Pearce recounted.
"And so I fired the present under the Christmas tree. After my family opened their gifts at Christmas, there was still one Christmas gift left and it's the gift this girl Vicki had given me. I told my family I'm never going to open that present."
He never did.
... For years, Pearce continued placing the present under the tree, even after he got married and had children. His kids kept asking him if they could open it, but Pearce refused. Eventually, his wife put her foot down and said it wasn't welcome under the tree anymore.
Now he just pulls out the old gift, which is wrapped in shiny blue paper that's fading, and just looks at it before putting it away again.
Many people have a difficult time receiving. They have been made to feel unworthy in the past and that feeling has stayed with them.
To address this, God has stepped in to reassert our true value and worth. He did this by sending His only begotten Son into the world to give His life for our redemption.
Have you been rejected or abused? Have you been made to feel unworthy? As a result, do you have a difficult time receiving the gifts of praise and recognition? Perhaps you even find it hard to believe and to accept what Jesus has done for you.
God wants you, above all else, to understand that He loves you.
Don't be like Mr. Pearce, who refuses to open the gift that has been given to him, or like countless others who, every year, celebrate Christmas without actually receiving the gift that’s been offered.