I read in a post that ukulele means “the gift that came.” My ukulele education has been free so far, thanks to friends, both old and new. Up until last Friday, I didn’t allow anyone to play with my uke. I considered Prudence my personal property, but I have been learning to let it go and share the experience. Because I’ve got a pineapple uke, a less common type, people are naturally curious to try it and I realized that it gives me joy to let them.
Let me now share something else that truly gives me joy. A gift came down from heaven.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
[John 1:1-3, 14]
God Himself came down to earth, became human. He came as baby. What could be more defenseless? He also experienced things like hunger and loneliness. Then, He was crucified. He died, rose again, and ascended into heaven.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Like any gift, salvation is not earned by effort. It is either accepted or rejected. Salvation is a person, Jesus Christ. Salvation is a relationship with Him and it makes us children of God.
My name is the female version of John. It means the gift of God. It reminds me of the most wonderful gift of all, which I just shared with you.
As a bonus, I’m also sharing some lyrics from one of my favorite songs.
Where love takes you in and everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in
~ Steven Curtis Chapman, “When Love Takes You In”]
The beginning of my new life was when I asked God for a change of heart because I realized that I need Jesus. I hope love takes you in, too, if it hasn’t yet.