This song presents some principles
which should guide our Christmas giving. The chorus
("From the manger... don't give your gifts...") was
written over a decade ago, and I always knew it would
be a Christmas song, but it wasn't until this year that
the full direction of the song became evident by framing
the song with the story of the wise men presenting their
gifts to baby Jesus.
Can you imagine traveling thousands of miles to give a gift to
a little child? We sometimes travel a hundred or so miles (in a car) to
give a gift to a child, but that doesn't begin to compare with the
incredible task given to the wise men. Did they appear foolish
to their generation, like Noah building a boat in the desert or
Abraham embarking on a journey when he didn't know the destination?
We have the opportunity today to follow the
wise men's example and become "royal ambassadors"
to present gifts to our Lord who is
present in the "least of these" little
children. Will we have the faith to follow
their example, or will we just squander our
gifts on those who are expecting them?
I sang this song for the first time on December 11, 2005 at
First Baptist Church of Greenacres.
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