Christmas Presence 
Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 12:17 PM - Extra Christy
Have all your Christmas shopping done? There is immediate family, extended family, friends, co-workers, service people, salon staff, day care staff, Starbucks barista, teachers, letter carriers...whew!

I think the hardest gift to get is the one for the person who started all of this! Like any other child who is born on Christmas the birthday is overwhelmed by the holiday.

The gifts of the magi: gold, frankincense, and myrrh, are appropriate for a king, but some wags have pointed out that truly wise visitors would have arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical baby gifts.

But what would Jesus want now that he is all grown up? What to you get for the man who has 'the whole world in his hands'?

Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' - Matthew 25:37- 40

From volunteering at a local shelter, to writing cards to service people overseas, to contributing to a mission or charity, you can show your love for the one whose birth we celebrate by doing something in his name for the least of these.

Enjoy your birthday shopping!


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