Advent Devotional: Monday, December 16

Jean Steinhauer

Monday, Third Week of Advent: Joy
December 16, 2013


As the choir began to prepare for the Christmas music this year, we began to practice a song called “In the Bleak Midwinter”.  It is a beautiful song based on a poem written by Christina Rossetti for Scribner’s Magazine around 1872.  It was later made a Christmas carol by its inclusion in the English Hymnal in 1904.  As I began to sing along with the CD that Phil always prepares for us to listen to the music, I was drawn to the words of the last stanza ….
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.
What can I give him.  I can give my heart!!

With all the gifts that have been given at Christmas and all the gifts received, the most important gift ever given was the gift of God’s son to us to save us from our sins and to make it possible for us to make our home in heaven someday.  So, what can I give him – My life, my all, but most of all, I can give him my heart.

As you listen to the Christmas music this year, let your heart fill with hope, love, joy and peace.  Give Jesus your heart!  It’s the greatest gift you can ever give!!