IRONWOOD, MI – A parishioner in Catalyst Baptist Church gave me a poem from Ruth Prentice called God’s Gift.” The poem is:
This is a message lost in much of our modern world. Christmas is not a season about hanging a Christmas tree, or stockings around the fire. Christmas is not about what we can give, how early we can shop, or how long we can put it off. Christmas is about the gift God gave to mankind 2,000 years ago that is still working, does not need batteries, will not break no matter how rough we handle it, and we can’t lose it. But, we can give it away.
This is Christmas. Let us not forget, Luke 2: 11-12, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” The greatest gift man has ever known. Be sure to give Jesus as your gift to others.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ian Minielly is pastor of the Catalyst Baptist Church in Ironwood, MI and a regular contributor to the Baptist Beacon.