Friday, December 23, 2005

Gift Exchange

One Christmas, longing for something different than the traditional reading of the Christmas story before the main event (opening gifts), we did something different.

Considering a gift to offer our King, I remembered the story of the woman with the alabaster jar. This has always been one of my favorite stories.

That Christmas morning, we talked about what we could offer as a gift to the Lord, and we read from Luke 7.

"When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them."

We talked about her willingness to take her hair (glory) and use it to wipe the dirt and "stuff" from Jesus' feet. And we talked about how even the very best we have to offer isn't worthy of the incredible gift we've been given. We talked about the love we have for the One who loved us so much.

We took a moment to offer Him our love, with this song in the background:
("Pour My Love On You", Phillips, Craig, and Dean)
My dearest friend
Lord, this is my desire
To pour my love on You

Like oil upon your feet
Like wine for you to drink
Like water from my heart
I pour my love on you
If praise is like perfume
I'll lavish mine on you

Till every drop is gone
I'll pour my love on you

It was a sweet and holy moment.

I hope you experience His presence in a special and personal way in the midst of the holiday celebrations.

Blessings to you and your family!
Love, grace


hamo said...

A very merry Christmas from the land of Oz! May you enjoy the season Grace.

David Cho said...

Blessings to you to, grace. Have a Merry Christmas.

grace said...

Thank you Hamo and David.

The children are stirring and I'm sipping the last of my coffee.

I love their excitement and anticipation on Christmas morning.

bobbie said...

merry christmas grace - beautiful words and image - thank you!

Jim said...

There is another song that's been out for a year or so entitled "The Alabaster Box". Can't remember the woman who sang it, but it, too, is a "keeper". May happy days continue as you go with Him......

surrendered said...

hi. just wanted to say that i enjoy your blog. i stumbled onto it via a friend's blog and have been here for about half an hour, reading backposts. thanks for your heart.

grace said...

Bobbie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim, I haven't heard that one.

surrendered, it's nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you too.