Nestled under the tree amidst the paper-wrapped packages sits a small tin box. Adorned with painted jewels and gold trim, it is anything but obscure. It was a gift passed along by a great-grandma and holds a special place under our tree and in our hearts. Despite its very ostentatious exterior, its inside is really quite plain. It typically only holds a simple slip of paper...a paper placed there by a Little One eager to be "Hands and Feet."
Every year, during the rush of the Christmas season, we pause...
For one evening, we all come together and pause to plan a gift for Jesus. A gift we will give to "the least of these", because in doing so, we are giving it to HIM.
In our continuing effort to teach our children to love God and love others, the Hubs and I have determined to focus one of our Advent Countdown Activities on our tin box under the tree.
Each Christmas brings anticipation for how God will stir our hearts and move our feet to serve Him by serving others.
Even during the early years of our family when the POSSIBILITIES were much larger than our pocket book, we scraped together what little we had in hopes that our small offering would be multiplied for multitudes. We scribbled our gift on a slip of paper, placed it in our box, and rejoiced in knowing that God doesn't NEED us or our meager givings for His perfect plan, but if we're willing, He CHOOSES to use us.
This year, we have chosen to "rewrap" our gift from last year. Once, again, we will allow each one of our children to select a gift from the World Vision catalog...a goat...a set of chickens...fresh water...medical supplies...whatever they feel led to choose. We will give these gifts in gratefulness to the BABY who gave Himself for us.
I let you peek inside our tin box not to boast over our small gifts, but to invite you to place a slip inside. This year, I encourage you to pause...
Pause and then give...
It's HIS birthday, after all.