The Gift that Compels…

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The angel said to the shepherds, ” I proclaim to you a great joy… today the Savior of the world is born for you, alleluia.”

For you…for me…for all.

The Greatest Gift ever given.

No other gift given or received today makes sense without first receiving this Greatest Gift given.

Are we entranced by the pretty wrap and bow and have yet to open The Gift?…Have we put it on a shelf at a comfortable distance from our lives? …How are we certain we have opened The Gift?…

When the love of Christ compels us to share  The Gift with others…in that often quiet, but unique way, that God intends for our lives to become through His grace perfect acts of love that give witness to Him.

Merry Christmas to all my readers…may the love of Christ compel you to share The Gift with all on your life’s path,

Joyfully, From the Heart of J

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Christmas Year Round…

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The Christmas tree stored or recycled….Stockings taken down and mantles cleared…the Wise Men have come and gone, back home to give witness…the creche is packed up and the pointsettias have been put out by the garden gate.

Christmas is over…or is it?!

For each time we allow God to love others through us…

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Christmas continues.

Through Him, With Him, In Him…

We become a gift…

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A gift that keeps giving…365 days a year.

 “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.” Luke 7: 38

Twelve Days of Christmas…(two days late)

The Twelve Days of Christmas…

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On the first day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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A Life unique in His image.

On the second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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a Father to guide.

On the third day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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a Mother to comfort.

On the fourth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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a Spirit to fill my heart.

On the fifth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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the precious gift of Faith.

On the sixth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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A Hope to endure.

On the seventh day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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a Love all consuming.

On the eighth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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Joy and Peace.

On the ninth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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the Tree of Life.

On the tenth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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Blessings that fill my days.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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A Star to lead the way.

On the twelvth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…

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 Himself in a manger.

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Co 9:15

The Little Drummer Boy in Each of Us…

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Don’t we all have a little bit of the Drummer Boy in our hearts?

We long to give the Lord a gift that truly expresses the uniqueness of who we are, but we feel poor in the offering.

Sometimes we don’t realize that what makes us special is often that one thing we think is not so special.

The childlike within us.

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It must make the Lord smile when we offer him a bit of that child in us as praise to Him.

 Be it a song. A dance. A poem. The list is endless.

What will you give as gift to the Christ Child this Christmas?

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Let us discover the Little Drummer Boy within who humbly gives back a gift he has received.

***The news article and accompanying video below REALLY made me smile. A modern day Little Drummer Boy who has touched many with his gift to the Christ Child.  I’m passing on the smile. Enjoy : )

CTVNews.ca Staff

Date: Mon. Dec. 5 2011 10:10 AM ET

One month ago, 16-year-old Sean Quigley was just an ordinary student attending Oak Park High School in Winnipeg. Today, Quigley has become a YouTube sensation thanks to his rock rendition of the classic Christmas tune, “The Little Drummer Boy.”

“I had no idea this was going to happen,” Quigley told CTV’s Canada AM on Monday.

Up on YouTube for less than a week, Quigley’s video ode to this holiday standard has been seen in 128 countries and earned more than 165,000 hits as of Monday morning.

The catchy video also pays tribute to the song’s message about the true spirit of Christmas. That resonated deeply with Quigley, a Christian teen who plays drums in his local church.

“About a month ago I started thinking about this song,” said Quigley.

“It’s the story of a little boy going to find Jesus and not having any gifts to bring — he just plays his drum. That spoke to me so much,” he said.

The teen’s production is all the more remarkable considering Quigley played all the instruments, sang the vocals, recorded everything and directed and edited the video. Using a Canon digital camera and with the help of his sister, Quigley’s DIY project plays with surprising quality.

Even the freshly fallen snow that covers Winnipeg’s streets seems made to order.

“God helped us out with the snow,” said Quigley. “The fact that it was perfect was a blessing.”

“I posted this video online and watched and waited,” said Quigley.

“I’m hearing lots of positive things. People love it.”