Best Gift of All

By Michael Clarke of Clay Cross, Derbyshire, England

By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.  Luke 1:78–79

During Advent season, I was giving children a lesson about the meaning of Christmas. They were telling me the gifts they would like for Christmas. Some said they would like a new video-game system. Laptops and phones were mentioned.

We also talked about children who would not get such gifts because they live in a poor country.

We talked about a television show airing from a school, where children were trying out new toys. At the end of the show the host told the children they all would receive a gift. The following week, the host said the children gave all their gifts to a children’s home.

We watched the children giving away their gifts with joy. We all could see the love in their hearts.

Back to our group discussion with the children. We talked about our best Christmas gifts. One girl in the class said her best gift was a gift from God. She said Jesus was the best gift. He never gets old or runs out of batteries, and he loves us all.

So at Christmas always think about the best gift of all—Jesus Christ: a gift we can all share.

Prayer for Peace:

Creator God, thank you for your gift of hope. May we share through our witness and generosity the light that guides our feet on the way to peace.

Spiritual Practice:

Hold (or imagine) a piece of patterned cloth. Examine it carefully. Notice the overlapping of threads, the mingling of colors to form the design. Write a journal entry about the threads and patterns of your life. What design do you see? How does the life pattern you are weaving create justice and wholeness in God’s world? What new patterns is God calling you to weave?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will think of the many gifts I have received and the many ways I can give.

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