Have you ever seen The Bishop’s Wife? It’s a lovely black and white film starring Cary Grant that tells the story of a struggling bishop, his wife and the angel who comes to help them.
At the end of the film, the bishop gives a sermon called, “The Empty Stocking”. He quotes this line: “All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s his birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that. Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share…”
I got to thinking, does Jesus really need me to fill his “empty stocking”? I think that instead I can say that when He came into the world as a baby, He filled me and gave me what I desperately needed. A Savior, Redeemer, Friend and Lord.
Colossians 1:19-20 says, “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
At the same time, it is very much true that we can get so caught up in materialism that we miss the wonder, grace and truth of the season. That we forget to reflect, like Rebecca did in her post, on the amazing nature of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and the fulfillment of prophecy that came about as a result of their obeying God and the law of the land.
I pray that you and I will literally stop at some point during the day and reflect on the Father’s gift to us on that night….a gift more meaningful and precious than any other.
So what gift can we give our Jesus? I love the verse from the Christmas carol, “In the Bleak Midwinter”:
“What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him, I give him my heart.“
A very Joyous and Blessed Christmas be yours!