February 13, 2013
Glacier National Park
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One of the love languages is “Give thoughtful gifts”. I am a very poor shopper and for nearly 40 years now I have struggled getting just the right gift for Brooksyne. One possibility for a gift is going to the International Star Registry which allows you to name a star after someone and they will send that person an official certificate of authenticity.
Whoever came up with this has a pretty good business potential since based on current estimates, there are between 200 – 400 billion stars in our galaxy (The Milky Way). There are possibly 100 billion galaxies in the Universe. So taking the average of our galaxy that’s about 3 septillion. This has been equated to the same number of grains of sand that are on Earth!
I wonder if naming a star “Brooksyne” would endear her to me! It appears that “Brooksyne” is available as a star name not yet taken (surprise, surprise).
But my study of the Scriptures indicates there’s just one problem. Though we can commend the enterprising business entrepreneur who devised this star-naming scheme the Scriptures inform us that the stars are already named!
The mighty God we serve who sent His only Son to this little planet earth has already taken care of that. Our daily text states, “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” God made each star and hung it into space (Genesis 1:16). He also has them all accounted for. In fact the Creation Narrative includes this fact, “He made the stars also.”
The prophet Isaiah in proclaiming the mighty greatness of God declares, “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing” (Isaiah 40:26). This is the great God we serve today!
OK, let’s get back to gifts (as I warned you this is a weak area for me). We live in a very materialistic world that tells us it’s the gift that counts; the more expensive the better. But the key word in this love language is “thoughtful”.
At the heart of love is the spirit of giving. A gift is a tangible expression of your love, something you can hold in your hand and say, “Look, he was thinking of me,” or, “She remembered me.” A gift is a symbol of that thought. Gifts come in all sizes, colors and shapes. Some are expensive and others are free. To the individual whose primary love language is receiving gifts, the cost will matter little.
There is also an intangible gift that can speak more loudly than something held in one’s hand. Physical presence in the time of crisis is the most powerful gift you can give. Your personal attention becomes the symbol of your love.
If giving or receiving gifts is your partner’s love language keep a “gift idea” notebook. Every time you hear your spouse say, “I really like that,” write it down. Select gifts you feel comfortable purchasing, making or finding, and don’t wait for a special occasion. Becoming a proficient gift giver can be learned if one is willing to do so.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, help us to be people who are thoughtful to those special to us, most especially our spouse. Impress upon our hearts the need to take notice of the big and small things that bring them pleasure, whether it’s going to a special place, enjoying a particular activity, or collecting a favorite item. May the gifts we give to those we love express our thoughtfulfulness and show them how much we value them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Here are “The Five Love Languages” we are dealing with this week:
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