Just like a kid in a toy store

Published on Friday, 20 December 2013 21:42 - Written by By Lorri Allen Guest Columnist

My dad practically worked at the North Pole. He was the assistant manager of the Sears store.

Sure, he had to work until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, but that’s when he got to go to Division 49 — the toy department — and buy everything he wanted, at a discount.

The best thing about my dad is that he can’t wait until Christmas mo-rning to give gifts.

He is still so excited when he has a present that he just has to give it immediately.

Dad did not always get the exact toy I’d requested.

For every Baby First Step, there was an Easy Bake Oven or a sewing machine. I still haven’t figured out how to use an oven. But what Dad lacked in specifics, he made up for in quantity.

As an adult, my parents have continued to overwhelm me with their generosity. Many times, I feel undeserving.

Recently, I asked Mom and Dad why they wanted to give so much. It has to do with their upbringing. Both from big families, growing up during World War II, they were fortunate to get one or two gifts.

Mom remembers getting a doll, but always being excited to hear Santa’s sleigh on the rooftop. She says, “We lived out in the country, and my big sisters told me Santa came on Dec. 24th so he would have time to get to the other children around the world.” So, they got to open their presents on Christmas Eve.

But Dad had to wait until Christmas morning. He recalls that one year he was so thrilled about getting a gun (he’d peeked) that he couldn’t sleep all night.

That’s how it is with us, as Christians.

We didn’t have much until Jesus entered our life. Then we felt so fortunate, we wanted to share the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the magnificent grace, the love we have been given.

Maybe we feel overwhelmed, or undeserving. We get the blessings for no other reason than we are His children.

But the best part is how God is like my dad. He just can’t wait to give you His presents. And He keeps giving and giving and giving … no matter what time of year it is. With Him, we’re kids in the toy store everyday of our lives.

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4-5


Lorri Allen is news director for CBS19.