Out with the turkeys and in with the nativity scenes, the Christmas season is here! I love, love, love the Christmas season!
A few of my favorite things: old world Santas, blue lights and ornaments on flocked trees, Elf the movie, red and white striped everything, stately nutcrackers and peppermint bark. And my favorite song is Little Drummer Boy. The song tells a story of a little boy being invited with the shepherds and wise men to bring a gift to his newborn King. All he has is his drum, and Mary nods with permission for him to play. The stable animals keep beat with his rhythm, and the baby King smiles at him.
It’s such a precious and tender scene of pure gift giving and total acceptance.
I can identify with that little boy.
I have felt unworthy and insignificant in my gift giving. I was collecting unemployment last summer, and my tithing was greatly affected. One week I had $8.00 to give. I gave it online on a Wednesday morning around 5:00 am. I was embarrassed about the amount and the financial position I was facing at this juncture of my life, and I was trying to be as obscure as possible.
My heart though, my heart wanted to honor my King at the cost of my ego.
My income was grim, but my King was providing with consistency and grace. I wanted to give Him something, anything in return because I love Him
During the next few weeks of this Christmas gift giving season give and receive gifts generously with love from your heart. Look not at the size of the gift, but at the size of the heart of the giver.
Take courage and create your own precious and tender scenes of pure gift giving and total acceptance. To be frank, this is the greatest gift we give our Heavenly King.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
Merry Christmas Season
With much love and tenderness,