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WITTENBERG: An amazing gift is yours for the asking

Here we are at that wonderful time of year. Thanksgiving is here and Christmas is in our sights.

I have already started shopping for just the right gifts for my family, and I am sure you either are doing the same or about to get started looking for that just perfect gift at the perfect price.

May I suggest you give yourself a present? Give yourself a present that has already been purchased and doesn’t require you to open your wallet or purse.

It is Christmas, and Christmas is the season we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. He made provision to give you an amazing present: A gift of eternal life.

But, before you can receive his gift, you have to accept it.

So, as you are busy with all the activities of the season and are looking to purchase those perfect gifts, let me suggest you give yourself a gift that has already been purchased. It is a wonderful time of year to do so.

You ask, ”How do I give myself this gift?” Well, it is as complex as it is simple. All you have to do is accept the gift Jesus offers.

How? By offering a simple prayer agreeing with God that you need the gift, and then asking to receive his Christmas present for you.

Now, ministers can make that a bit more complicated; but, it really is that simple: confession, asking in faith and thanking him for his forgiveness and gift of eternal life.

I could explain more and quote Scripture, but I am not a minister and I don’t want to get in the way of you getting his gift.

I certainly will pray you give yourself his gift this year.

I hope you will consider my suggestion before you become hypnotized by all the sights and sounds of the season. I might also say before you fall asleep from all that Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

Why not make it a priority to give yourself something this season before you have that second helping of mashed potatoes and dressing? I promise you will love yourself for it.

Heck, you are running around to find gifts for those you love. Don’t you love yourself? Well, maybe just a little?

And while I am at it, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

David Wittenberg resides in Kathleen. Contact him at