Taken from Have a Mary Christmas by Karen Kingsbury
Matthew 5:23-24 tells us, "If you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
The same is true with the people we love. Why race through the mall to find the perfect gift for a sister or a parent when the relationship with that person is strained or neglected? Christmas - more than any other season - is the perfect time to take stock of the people God has placed in our lives. Do we owe someone an apology? Should we take someone out for coffee and let them know we care? Is there a letter we could write or a phone call we could place? These are beautiful gifts, and they should be given before we spend a moment's thought about buying commercial present for these loves ones.