The Gift

nativity Christ best gift of all

This Christmas season you can be a gift
Give time to give those lonely hearts a lift
Treat each person as your brother
Take time for that hurting other
See that through their pain they need so much love
They need the Love that comes from above
Christmas is not about the presents under the tree
It’s about time spent with friends and family
It’s about the gift of ourselves we can give
It’s about being willing to forgive
Christmas is about the greatest gift of all
Of He who was born in a manger stall
Love came in the form of a baby
Who prayed that all the path of love would see
Who walked through wind, scorching desert and rain
Teaching others to feel love’s sweet refrain
Christ healed the sick, lame and the blind
Showed how others the path of love could find
For such short years He lived upon this earth
Showed wounded lives how they could have a new birth
Taught them that their soul has great worth
He lived and died giving the best gift He could give
Said we must forgive our brother
Be a gift of love to one another
There are souls out there needing you
The gifts none to give or so few
Give them a gift that from your heart is true
Tell them, “I love you!”
Do of some of your blessings give
Show them that the gift of love in your heart does live
Your love is the greatest present you can ever give
It doesn’t cost one cent
It’s the gift from Heaven sent
The gift that lies in you, in me
Of our outstretched humanity
That in your heart, in a prayer
For you I’ll always be there
I’ll give the gift of myself
That is far better than the DVDS on one’s bookshelf
More enduring than owning the latest Smart Phone
It’s the gift that is truly free
It’s the beauty that lies in you, in me
It’s about Love that came to us in a manger
Love for the stranger
That homeless man laying on cardboard
Who their next meal cannot afford
The gift of love to those living in abuse
Who feel they are of no use
That time you take to spend with a friend
Showing by your love the best of gifts God does send
Take time to share a coffee, your heart and a prayer
For those who see love nowhere
And as you do all these things
Think of the greatest gift of love God brings
In Christ who died to set us free
That His forever love we all would see

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I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. I m in an M.A.-Ph.D program with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary to train to become a psychotherapist and priest. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on December 11, 2014, in Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A helpful reminder that Christmas is more about Presence than presents.

    • Hi Tony

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. I really loathe the crass commercialism that is associated with Christmas. There is far too much emphasis on having the latest in technology or being known for giving the most expensive gifts. It is not that having these things in themselves are wrong. The problem is when things are used to give us lasting happiness. It never works because the joy derived from these things is fleeting and hollow.

      It saddens me that there is this elusive pursuit of the perfect Hallmark Christmas. Many want the perfect dinner, remember all the people they should buy for, not leave off anyone on their list.

      I offer an excerpt from a devotional message I gave at The Salvation Army Kirkland Lake Community Church.

      “We see fantasy Christmases on TV and in movies. When our Christmas doesn’t live up to those images, we are disappointed, sometimes deeply disappointed. The insane emphasis on the perfect gift, the perfect dinner, the perfect party, the perfect everything, steals both joy and meaning from the whole holiday. If you are poor as well, the pain that not being able to provide your family with presents even middle class families have can be gut wrenching.

      When I was doing kettles with my wife, Karen, we saw anxiety bordering on panic in people’s eyes. The lists in their heads were consuming them. Did I get all the groceries I need? Did I remember to get a gift for everybody? Who can I NOT buy for without insulting them? If I get a turkey and some special treats for Christmas, can I stretch my money until the end of January?

      As my wife and I stood by the kettles and sang songs about a God who loves us enough to be born as a vulnerable little baby, we asked ourselves these questions. Are we shining the light of Christ’s love to everyone we meet? What message are we sending out through the expressions on our faces?”

      I would like to see a return to when people did things like knitted scarves, mittens, wrote poems and stories or shared the poems and stories of others as gifts, wrote songs and sang them, made things with their own hands.

      Our creative gifts of love speak more to the human heart than any other. Time and thought has gone into them.

      Tony, I would value your thoughts on suggesting to people how they can have a meaningful Christmas. You have much wisdom to share from your own life that I think would touch the hearts of many.

      Shalom, my friend.

      Kevin

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