He Is the Gift of Christmas

Jewel Toned Ornament

I’ve made more trips to the doctor this month than shopping trips. My “have to” list has been shortened. And I’m trying to pass on the traditional treats that make Christmas taste just right.

This Christmas looks, feels and tastes different.

In place of the hubbub, hype and excess food, I created a few deliciously quiet days in front of the fire to write. No, it’s not my next novel but writing that helped me outline and identify the gifts from the Savior that have come into my life this year.

And those gifts are plentiful!

You would think that cancer would bring despondency and suffering.  Instead, practicing gratitude rather than giving into bitterness and resentment has kept my mind and heart open to divine help and love through the difficult times.

The gifts that flow from this open door are not what I expected—gifts of knowledge, compassion, discipline, and refining. And they all come through Jesus Christ.

Even though we’re not assembling trains and bikes and junking out on too much candy this year, we are celebrating the true gift of Christmas. Find out ways you can, too.

My teenage son put all of this feeling of what Christmas really means in this sonnet he wrote for his English class.

Merry Christmas to all of you!


A Christmas Sonnet

by Newel Hirst

From Heaven unto man a gift was brought
In city David where room was no more;
A Prince of Peace foretold many years before
A Redeemer to save a world of naught.
And shepherds were those that the Angel Sought,
To bring a tiding of a Savior, Lord.
They came and watched o’er the Great newborn,
And on that night there was such Spirit wrought.
But in life of toil, pain and sin, in Him
I’ve found relief in all he gives
Since through my Saviour I am not adrift–
He is my Shepherd, Lord, my King and Hymn.
Forever grateful I know that He lives,
I can sing and proclaim He is the gift.


1 Comment

  1. Camille
    Dec 23, 2014

    Beautiful! Please tell Newel I love it! Have a wonderful Christmas! Love from us all to you all!

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