The Perfect Gift—An Advent Reflection

imageWhile looking for some jewellery to compliment my thrift store dress, I dug around, only to find how much of my so-called gold jewellery and my silver, had tarnished. It was time to either polish or pitch. Now I couldn’t pitch it……you never know when it will come in handy.

God speaks to us about silver, and about storing up gold and earthly treasures. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
The Apostle Paul was preaching to the people of Laodicea. He went there so that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, “in order that they may know the full mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
Peter, speaking to a crippled beggar at the temple who was asking for money, replied in Acts 3:6, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” The beggar was instantly healed.

While it is an act of generosity to give a gift to friends and loved ones, let’s reflect on the words of Scripture about earthly possessions. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 God gave us all an indescribable gift in the person of his Son, the Christ Child in the manger. This is the greatest gift of all. How then will we respond? What gift do we give to Jesus, in thanksgiving for God’s gift to us?

This Advent season I am reminded of the words in the hymn, “In the Bleak Mid Winter”.

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.

E. West

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