Are you finished with your Christmas shopping? No? Me neither.
For those on your list, what might give to…
These quote contains some very special gift suggestions. How you ever given these?
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” (Oren Arnold)
But we give gifts to everyone but the One whose birthday we celebrate.
My favorite Christmas movie, possibly my favorite of all time, is The Bishop’s Wife (and no, NOT The Preacher’s Wife). Dudley is an angel (played by Cary Grant), who comes to earth to visit the household of Bishop Henry Brougham (played by David Niven), his wife Julia (played by Loretta Young), and their young daughter in answer to the bishop’s prayer for guidance.
(If you’ve never seen it, watch for it. If you get channel AMC, it will air Sunday, 12/18, at 1:15 a.m. EST. You can check your time. Don’t miss it. Record it!)
The end of the movie culminates on Christmas Eve at midnight with Henry delivering the sermon he believes he has written, though Dudley is actually the one who has penned it.
It goes like this…
“Tonight, I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child’s cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts.
We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries; we celebrate it with stars on the Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts. But especially with gifts.
You give me a book; I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer, and Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe.
Oh, we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all, that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up: the stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s His birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most and then, let each put in his share: lovingkindness, warm hearts, and a stretched-out hand of tolerance. All the shining gifts make peace on earth.”
The Father shared of Himself and sent His Son into the world.
The Lord gave of His heart; what gift of your heart do you give Christ this year?
Do you bring sacrificial gifts to the Christ-child out of your heart’s treasury? Gifts like the purity of holiness? The costly fragrance of continual prayer? A cleansed soul, preserved from eternal death?
Do you offer Him your heart as His manger, as an empty vessel for His resting place? Or is it full of jealousy, envy, hatred, unforgiveness, self-pity, lust, anger, or prejudice?
Do you leave Him no room to “lay down His sweet head”? Have you said, “Sorry, there is no room for You in this inn”?
Give the Babe of the manger the lodging place He deserves. Give Him the gift of your heart.
May your Christmas be blessed with a special touch of the Lord’s presence. (Christmas Gift of the Heart)