Christmas dawned cool and bright; I awoke at 6 AM that morn’.
All the presents were still wrapped and the ribbon yet untorn.
I began to wonder with delight what the day’s festivities would bring
Would I get that iPod shuffle, a DVD, perhaps a ring?
After breakfast came three presents they were wrapped just as I liked.
When I shook them they were silent, small, and tender…was that right?
The first I gently opened wondering, “Was it delicate and sweet?”
I gasped as I discovered Forgiveness had been given me.
I wept as I recounted all the selfishness, anger, and pride
that had accompanied my character; those traits I try to hide.
I was thankful for this present, overwhelmed at such generosity
to be given what I hadn’t asked for, nor deserved, but yet would be
the greatest gift that only Christ could offer which cost His life on Calvary.
I lingered with Forgiveness one more moment then proceeded to open next,
a present a little larger and more glittery than the rest.
Grace and Mercy came pouring out as soon as I unwrapped the ribbon then
light shone all around it as I gingerly looked in.
Ah, Grace, greater than all my sins which beckons me to come
and Mercy to let me visit with my Savior and consider all that He has done.
Grace, which accompanies Forgiveness but continues to set me free
to pursue the King of Glory and to know the King of Kings.
I marveled once more at Mercy that would allow me to behold
a precious gift much greater than all my weight in gold.
Could there be more to this Christmas? One more present still left beneath the Christmas tree?
I rubbed my eyes in wonder as His Spirit had set me free.
The third gift looked more rustic a little rough that was clear to see.
I eagerly unwrapped this present and was astonished to see… me.
A dirty mirror met my gaze and I started then to fret
as I picked up a note inside then proceeded to read it.
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:11-13
I have saved you to make My Name and Glory known among the nations. Let us move beyond your childish ways this year and clean this mirror together. It is not an easy task, but with Me all things are possible. Let’s make this a year to love others. I want to use you to extend Forgiveness, Grace, and Mercy to all mankind. Will you join me?
Oh, Christ whose grace is greater than all my wicked sins,
would you choose to use this vessel though it is dirty deep within?
That you would change me and use me to set other captives free.
Yes, I will join you on this journey, take up my cross and follow Thee.
Will you join us on this journey, take up your cross and follow He?