For Christmas this past year, I received a uniquely special gift. It came over several generations.
My daughter learned to crochet while she was still in our home. My grandmother taught it to my mother, who in turn taught it to me. I enjoyed it so that I passed it on to my daughters. Although the craft came down through my side of the family to my daughter, the tools came from her dad’s side.
Great-grandmother, Julia, graduated from a ladies seminary with a degrees in needlework and piano. At her death, her daughter, Judy, saved the many patterns, crochet yarn and other resources that she inherited from her mother. Upon her passing, my husband inherited a portion of these items. Since we wanted to pass them on to our children as soon as possible, we let them choose those items to which they were drawn.
My eldest daughter felt a special inspiration to make doilies for Christmas gifts. She had a vision to give an heirloom gift before it was made. She found a special 3-D pattern resembling and lily-laden pond with 2 swans gracefully swimming on it. The yarns she used were owned by her Great-grandma, preserved by her Grandma and given to me, her Mom, for Christmas. I would call that an intergenerational gift.
My daughter’s vision reminds me of our Heavenly Father. In the beginning, He had the vision to give us fallen creatures the gift of salvation before it was “finished”. Ages later, Jesus, on the cross, declared, “It is finished.” The gift, payment of our sin debt, was finished with His sacrifice.
At Christmas, I received the special gift from my daughter.
God’s gift of salvation can be received,too. If this is not a gift you have received, it is still available. As Jesus said, “It is finished.” It is a gift meant for you.