No gift. No problem.

Christmas greetings to all! 

One of my good friends included the following in a recent email invitation.  I thought it worth sharing again here . . .

Bonhoeffer wrote this to his fiance from prison:  “Dear Maria–I think that we’re going to have an exceptionally good Christmas . . . I used to be very fond of thinking up and giving presents, but now that we have nothing to give, the gift God gave us in the birth of Christ will seem all the more glorious:  the emptier our hands, the better we understand . . . the poorer our quarters, the more clearly we perceive that our hearts should be Christ’s home on earth.”  –Love Letters from Cell 92

You see, my friend is hosting a Christmas gathering which would usually involve a gift exchange.  But, this year, with many struggling financially, she didn’t want anyone to feel that extra pressure.  Instead, she is encouraging all to come prepared to share answers to these three questions:

     1) How did God bless you this year?

     2) What was your biggest challenge this year?

     3) What are your hopes, dreams, goals, etc. for 2012?

It’s not hard for me to answer these questions.  How about you?  What thoughts come to mind as you read them?  Perhaps you’ll spend a moment in reflection and jot a few things down in a journal or in a blog such as this.  Or maybe you’ll use them as conversation starters at your next holiday get together. 

I responded to her email with a “love, love, double love this!”   No gifts.  No problem.  We can’t outgive Jesus anyway. 

Making room in my heart for Him,


P.S.  Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours . . . and great things in 2012!

1 comment to No gift. No problem.

  • Greg Johnson

    Thank you for such a good and timely reminder for the real reason of the season. I needed that just now. Also, I’m thankful I got to be a part of your successful kickstarter campaign for your latest album. Many blessings and merry Christmas to you!


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