I pray you are all enjoying the Advent/Christmas season. Since I will be away the next couple of weeks and unable to send out a blog, I am sending one early. Look to do the simple things during this Christmas season.
Christmas is about eternal hope, peace, joy, and love. It is about being with family, friends and church family as we share in the message of Emmanuel, God with us. It is recognizing the simple, smallest gifts are most important. Each Christmas I remember a former staff member (Jay Hurd) at First Baptist in Talladega, Alabama who penned these words. Here is a great poem and message for this time of the year:
Not richly wrapped; no foil or paper bright, in an unobtrusive corner, almost out of sight; lay a tiny package under the orphanage Christmas tree; when finally it was found, was the only one left for me. My heart fell with sadness; it was not fair at all. The others grabbed the large gifts, while mine was so very small.
Retreating to a corner, tears welling in my eyes, I didn’t want the others to see me as I began to cry. The paper was so crumpled, the ribbon seemed so old, but through the tear stained wrapping shone the glint of gold. Beautiful golden locket shaped into a dove, the note inside said, “For you child the gift today is love. For several years I’ve come to watch to find a child like you. One that didn’t push and shove the way the others do; Now you need to know me, the mystery to unfold, I wear a golden locket just like the one you hold.”
My eyes flew to the visitors who often brought us goods, a chain of gold around her neck, so elegantly she stood. Years it’s been since she took me home, but the lesson I recall; love remains the greatest gift, but its’ often packaged small.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7