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Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)
- TITLE: A GIVING DILEMMA
By Linda Payne
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
my feet hurt, my brain is numb,
itís the middle of November
and Iím already weary.
Weary of this circus
we call Christmas,
weary of spending already overloaded time
and dwindling energy reserves
trying to find the perfect gift,
spending money I donít have
on gifts no one really needs.
And after the frenzied tearing
of carefully wrapped packages,
somehow, thereís still
Is that all there is?
Lord, when did I allow
the giving and receiving of gifts
to become central to Christmas?
The Lord said to me:
Time for a much needed attitude adjustment!
Fill someoneís stocking with Hope.
To the least and the lost
offer mercy wrapped up in compassion,
feed the poor, clothe the naked,
visit the sick, lonely, forgotten,
speak for those who have no voice.
As you do for the least of these
you do for Me.
Decorate someone's Christmas tree
with ornaments of
healing and reconciliation
instead of injustice and prejudice,
light the tree with
hospitality instead of hostility,
ignore those fattening bits of gossip
and replace hurtful words
with the healthy and wholesome snacks
of kindness and understanding.
Place a star of Peace at the top.
as you want to be treated.
Into a large box put Love,
the most extravagant, costly gift you can find,
the kind that costs
everything you are, everything you have.
Include blessings for those
who hurt you,
and prayers for those
who treat you unfairly.
Wrap the whole box with humility.
Love others as I have loved you.
Bring to Me a gift,
the gift of a thankful, grateful heart.
Rejoice that you are My child,
enjoy the life I have given you,
receive with gladness My gift of grace to you,
and share it with someone else.
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