"Daddy, look the manger!" The young boy
"Is that Santa over there?" He asked pointing to one of
the three wise men.
"No, son. They are the Three Kings
bringing presents to Jesus." replied Dad.
"No. I guess you can say they are birthday
presents. Remember we told you that Christmas is really our
celebration of the birth of Jesus."
The young boy paused for
a moment seemingly satisfied with Dad's answer. Then, as children
will do, asked the unanswerable question that warms your heart and
often puts you in your place.
"Daddy, what are we giving
Jesus for His birthday this year?"
Silence. Then drawing on
the wisdom of the ages and the creative parental genes that make us
what we are, Daddy said..."I don't know. Ask your Mom."
left right after that. Peace and quiet returned to this great
sanctuary leaving me to think about what that child had to say. If I
were there that sacred evening drawn by the light of the star of
Bethlehem what gift would I offer Him?
I really had no idea.
First, I can't begin to imagine kneeling before Him in the presence
of Joseph and Mary. But gift from me to Jesus? What thing of value
could I possible give to my Lord?
This was a thought that
overwhelmed me. I pride myself in having the ability to at least
come up with options, choices for people who share their personal
problems with me. But the thought of me having anything that Jesus
would want brought tears of sadness for I felt I had nothing to
So I did what the young child had done earlier. I
turned to my Father and asked..."Oh, God what could I possibly offer
your Son as a gift? I really have nothing of value."
quietly and totally oblivious to the world. A small voice inside my
soul said "The same thing He had given you. His Life! Give Him your
life. Not sacrificed on a cross. But lived to honor Him."
Here is my message to you celebrating the birth
of Christ and to each of you who value your faith whatever it may
be. The greatest gifts exchanged this Holiday Season will not be
those found wrapped under your tree or shared in sacred ceremony
dedicated to your God. The greatest gift of all, more valuable than
gold, not traded on Wall Street, not held in vaults for safe
You are the greatest of all gifts given to
this world, your family, and your community. Your wealth is not in
your checking account, but your actions, your life, your spirit as
you live a positive, passion filled existence. That makes you
valuable beyond measure.
My gift to you this Holiday is this
message. Sorry it wasn't wrapped in fancy paper. It was really much
too big. It is about your life. Now live it.