the forgotten gift of Christmas

so many gifts under the tree, I wonder how many are there for me?

I open them quickly, one by one –  then I feel kinda sad when I’m all done.

is that all there is?  is there nothing more?  I guess what I want can’t be found in a store.

it can’t be bought and it can’t be sold – I don’t even know its name, if truth be told.

But there must be some gift that could fill my empty space, something or someone -I don’t know the name or face.

the face of forgiveness, the face of love – the face of God, come down from above.

God’s gift to me lay in a manger lowly, the commonplace now transformed by the Presence of the Holy.

God’s gift to me, so unexpected,  This gift of Christmas so often rejected.

the package is a manger, holding a Baby small,  those who accept the present, find the greatest gift of all.

The gifts God gives of hope and joy – are better to me than any new toy.

The manger was full of peace and of light,  full of God’s plan to make all things right.

I was looking for my Christmas gift under the Christmas tree, but I found it right where God had said, it was in the Nativity!

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ ”  (Luke 2:10-12)

sincerely,     Grace Day

(taken from the book “Looking for Christmas” by Grace Day)

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