Layity Reflection: What shall I bring?
December 20, 2013
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Little Drummer Boy”. This time of year, it is among the carols played many times as we wind our way through the days before Christmas. They are busy days, hectic days, full of our ordinary jobs plus preparations for family Christmas gatherings just around the corner. But let’s put ourselves in the place of that little boy at the first Christmas for a moment. Here are the words (his thoughts - minus the drumming). Come, they told me, our newborn King to see Our finest gifts we bring to lay before the King So to honor him when we come Little Baby, I am a poor boy too I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give a King Shall I play for you on my drum, on my drum Others were coming with gifts for this newborn King as well. Matthew 2:11 (NCV) says, “They bowed down and worshipped him. They opened their gifts and gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” If we were to take time to visit the Babe in the Manger, what would we bring today? I know there are many possibilities, but this baby, Jesus, came so that we might have life. From us personally, I believe the things He would want most are not physical gifts, but gifts of the mind, heart and soul. Have you stopped in your “busy”ness of the season to thank God for the Gift of His Son? Offering the intangible gifts of your trust, your love, your belief and your voice to tell others are free and fitting gifts for a King from us today. Your trust is only available for you to give. No one can make you give it. Your love comes from choosing to put Jesus first in your life and learning more about following Him each day as you study the Bible, God’s word. Your belief comes from taking that knowledge of Christ’s love for you and letting it change your heart. With that change, your life becomes the light to let others know about Jesus. Your voice will fulfill the mission Jesus asks of each one of us at the end of his life on earth, “Go and Tell” others so that they might know and follow this newborn child, too. With a new zeal to celebrate the “real” meaning of Christmas this year, be bold enough to talk about what Christ means in your life. Join your church family in remembering others in the community and world, who have needs beyond their fulfilling. Give generously so that others may receive the most precious gift this Christmas, the belief in the babe of the manger, Jesus! Christmas Blessings to you all. Written to God’s honor and glory, Carolyn Moe Graduate, School for Lay Ministry “Little Drummer Boy” written by Katherine K. Davis in 1941, first called, “The Carol of the Drum” Ideas from “Give Jesus Your Best This Christmas”, Daily HOPE, Rick Warren
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