What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him – give my heart.
Christina Georgina Rossetti’s words from the popular Christmas Hymn, “In the Bleak Midwinter” asks us an important question this advent season; “What can I give him, poor as I am?”
What can we give? During this Advent season many of us are looking for the perfect Christmas gifts. Children are writing to Santa, guardians are discovering what toys children want, and wish lists fill our minds monopolizing ordinary conversation. But I wonder what it would mean to do what the song lyrics suggest and ‘give our hearts’ this season alongside the material things.
What might we give that is beyond what’s written on anyone’s Christmas list?
Forgiveness, compassion, joy, time, comfort …
In the waiting of Advent, as we decorate our homes, create our wish lists, and buy gifts galore, what might remind you of the ultimate gift that is to come?
Jesus is God’s gift to the world and comes for everyone. In this way, everyone has a gift in them that they can share with others.
So, as we wait and prepare, in this season of hope, peace, joy, and love, let us gather together and be reminded of the gifts from God that are given freely and abundantly for the Kin-dom to come!