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A Gift from the Heart

Posted by on December 18, 2017

I will never forget the two little girls who presented me with this ornament.

Last Friday was our last day of school for the year. I work in a school office where we have lots of generous parents, and my coworkers and I got little gifts all day long. We got lots of homemade goodies. We got gift cards. We got Christmas cards and handwritten notes. All of the kind wishes and tokens of appreciation were all very heartwarming.

But, I suspect the gift I will always remember the most, was a little handmade paper ornament from two sisters. They have had a rough year. They lost their dad and they come into the office on the way to the clinic, frequently. They usually seem to be looking for just a little extra attention, which our nurse is more than happy to give.

My Friday morning began as it often does, with an early morning visit from them. But, when I saw their little stack of ornaments, I had to fight the tears. Each one was decorated specifically for the recipient and had a hole punched in it with a carefully tied gold chord through it.

They had quite a stack and I’m sure it must have taken them a while to get them all made. When they proudly presented mine to me, I felt like I had received a true treasure.

I immediately thought of the Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy.” The child had no expensive gift to bring to the Baby Jesus, so he brought what he had, his ability to play his drum.

A grown up Jesus told His disciples when He witnessed a widow giving only two small copper coins, that her gift was greater than anyone else’s there, because she gave all she had.

In God’s economy, it’s never been about the size of the gifts we bring. It’s about the place they come from. It’s about the hearts who are giving them.

May we take this time in Advent as we await the coming of Christ, to purify our hearts and give to Jesus from that place. In the “Little Drummer Boy,” Jesus smiles at the little boy, showing approval of his gift. When we give what we have, no matter how big or small, with a pure heart, I know that He smiles on us too and blesses us as well.

I saw Jesus in the faces of two little girls and a homemade paper ornament. They reminded me of the true meaning of Christmas. Perhaps you needed reminding too.

Have an awesome day!

Wendy 🙂

2 Responses to A Gift from the Heart

  1. Jeanette Caneega

    At our Church Christmas party, I used The Little Drummer Boy as one of the best examples of how our relationship to Christ should be – we give Him out best! Although this is not one of the typical “Church” Christmas songs, it is one that always makes my love for Jesus soar. I debated in my mind about using this song, but just about everyday since then, I hear or read about someone being blessed by this song. I would love for Christ to smile at me as He does to so many real life “little drummer boys.” Wendy, your writings always touches me in some meaningful way. I am so glad you are using your beautiful talent to bring a smile to Jesus’ heart.

    • Wendy

      Wow! Thanks Jeanette. You always write the kindest most encouraging words. Your thoughts mean the world to me. You always know just what to say and when to say it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

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