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No Gift For God....Christmas Re-post

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Balladeer
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0 posted 12-20-2012 05:08 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer


I laid the presents out with care beneath the Christmas tree
To make sure everyone had something there - including me!
But, as I checked the names off, there was something rather odd....
Oh, no! I realized there was not a gift for God!

I mean, there wouldn't be a Christmas if not for the birth
Of His son, Jesus, who was born to bring peace to this earth.
Seemed only fitting there should be at least some gift displayed
To recognize the blessing and the sacrifice He made.

But what does one give God? I couldn't think of anything
That Sears or Wal-Mart had in stock to be fit for a king
But I would gift wrap something, though symbolic it would be
With hopes that He would recognize my deep sincerity.

I had no time right then, however. I flew out the door
To get down to the church where we had meals for the poor.
Downtrodden souls whose lives did not turn out as they had planned,
And it felt quite rewarding when we filled a needy hand.

From there, right to the orphanage we flew with bags of toys
To cheers and shouts of glee from all the homeless girls and boys.
Young hands tore wrappers off their gifts in wild anticipation
As "Ooooh"'s and "Aaaahh"'s and shining eyes made quite a celebration.

Just one more stop to make - down to the rest home for the aged.
Our small choir sang so beautifully we could have been on stage
From room to room, our voices rang with carols and with hymns
For those who knew that very soon they would be there with Him.

The evening finally ended. I rushed home as fast I could.
The father being late for Christmas wouldn't be too good
My children whooped and hollered from the second I walked in.
I raised my hands and grandly said, "Let's let the fun begin!"

Oh, what a night we had!  Wrap paper scattered left and right
While boxes were torn open with loud squeals of delight.
Big hugs for Mom and Daddy - thanks to Santa, naturally
Then off to bed for youngsters and, at last, tranquility.

My wife prepared herself for bed. I walked out in the yard.
Some puzzling thought was in my mind that got me thinking hard.
Oh, no! It was the gift for God - the thing I hadn't got.
With all the rushing around, it was the one thing I forgot!

I raised my face up meekly as if in apology.
The brilliance of the stars shone down and almost blinded me.
I stood there silent for a bit then gently raised my hands
To ask for His forgiveness. I sure hope He understands.
© Copyright 2012 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Victoria
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1 posted 12-20-2012 05:53 PM       View Profile for Victoria   Email Victoria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Victoria

This was certainly a special poem Balladeer.
Nothing to forgive here. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone was this giving.
Thank you for posting again. Enjoyed.

~Victoria~
Spiros Zafiris
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2 posted 12-20-2012 09:01 PM       View Profile for Spiros Zafiris   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Spiros Zafiris

..much enjoyed..Happy Holidays..!


..spiros

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JamesMichael
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3 posted 12-21-2012 05:56 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Enjoyed...the gifts you gave to others of your time surely pleases God...James
OwlSA
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4 posted 12-21-2012 06:33 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Beautiful, in every imaginable way, Balladeer, and encompassing the true spirit of Christmas - and of course, I don't need to tell you that you thus gave God a multitude of his favourite presents.

Perhaps you should repost this more often than once a year.

Owl
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5 posted 12-21-2012 08:13 PM       View Profile for jwesley   Email jwesley   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jwesley

Remember this beauty my friend ... well, not perfectly, but with you refreshing my mind ...

enjoyed it much...

j.
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6 posted 12-23-2012 11:51 PM       View Profile for Honeybee   Email Honeybee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Honeybee


So glad that you re-posted one of my favourite poems of yours! Beautiful doesnt even touch the surface to describe what I feel for this.  I love it and agree you should re-post it more than once a year as a reminder to all the true spirit of life and at Christmas

"Poetry is not an opinion expressed. It
is a song that rises from a bleeding
wound...or a smiling mouth"
~Kahlil Gibran~

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7 posted 12-26-2012 08:29 AM       View Profile for Charisma   Email Charisma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Charisma's Home Page   View IP for Charisma


thank you for re-posting this one
so i was also able to read this special poem
how it reach out  for the heart
and grateful for the gift to have God in my life
and a Balladeer who wrapped the gift inside
poetic words

luminosity
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8 posted 12-27-2013 02:40 PM       View Profile for luminosity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for luminosity

enjoyed...sighs for the season...
JamesMichael
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9 posted 12-28-2013 08:15 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

a pleasure to read again...Merry Christmas and happy new year...James
OwlSA
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10 posted 12-29-2013 05:05 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Echoing what I said last year . . . we need to see this one often.  

I know God enjoyed unwrapping your beautiful gifts, Balladeer.  

Thank you Luminosity for digging up this Christmas treasure.

Owl
 
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