Every year I promise myself I will finish my Christmas shopping earlier and each passing year it seems to creep closer and closer to the last day. My husband even has his done before me – now, in twenty-eight years that’s a first!! Some gifts just pop out at me and say,
“This one has her written all over it!”
Other names on the list remain with blank spaces beside them waiting for that special present.
Arriving home Friday afternoon after some successful shopping, I sat down to write. A beautiful Christmas poem, “In The Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti, came to mind causing me to stop and think about one name I had left off my list. The last stanza reads,
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wiseman I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him?
Give Him my heart.i
As one who gave her heart to Jesus as a four-year-old, what does it mean to give Him my heart today?
If I were to spend as much time giving my time and energy to Jesus as I do planning and buying gifts for others, I wonder how long that would be? Would I feel closer to the One who gave everything for me?
I will give Him my heart as I
- Smile warmly at the exhausted cashier
- Bake love into cookies for the neighbors
- Praise Him as I sing along with my Christmas music
- Remember His gift of salvation while wrapping presents
- Allow a driver to enter the long line of traffic ahead of me
- Wish “Merry Christmas” with more enthusiasm
- Thank God for providing our warm cozy home
- Take time to light the advent candles and reflect on their meaning
- Show kindness to those who are lonely this season
- Rejoice in the miracles I have seen Him perform this past year
- Embrace the blessing of loved ones nearby
Most of all, I will give Him my heart by curling up in the big black leather armchair in front of our Christmas tree, Bible in my lap, waiting to hear Him speak in that still small whisper.
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully’.”
“Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”ii
Until next time,
iiII Corinthians 9:7,15 (NLT)