The gift of life is what God bestowed on us. He created us to live. Each time we make a choice that ends this gift, it is a thorn in the temple of the Lord. We are piercing his heart over and over with our choices. Respecting God’s gift is a sacred duty that we must uphold.
For Christians, the Christmas holiday is a reminder of this gift of life. The birth of Jesus in this world was a gift to humanity – an everlasting gift of new life that welcomed us to be brothers and sisters in Christ.
And for Jews, Hanukkah (Chanukkah) is a celebration of the gift of life as well – an everlasting reminder of the miracle of the light and the gift of new life by God in the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Even for Buddhists, Bodhi day is a celebration of the gift of life – the experience of enlightenment for the historical Buddha and the gift of new life in Nirvana.