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A Gift for God

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Balladeer
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0 posted 12-07-1999 08:03 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 no 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.
Bug 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.




 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.



[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 03-20-2000).]
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Andrew Scott
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1 posted 12-07-1999 08:11 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Well done Sir Balladeer... the best gift we can offer is the giving of our selves.  As always, you stated the fact most perfectly. Happy Holiday's Dog Man!  
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2 posted 12-07-1999 08:35 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

I can't speak for God, but I think He would approve. I do too. Heart warming poetry here!
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3 posted 12-07-1999 08:41 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Balladeer - You touched my heart with the sincerity of this one.  
I can sense that it's heartfelt.
Really a very nice job.


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4 posted 12-07-1999 08:45 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wonderful poem, Balladeer. I agree, the best gift we can give is ourselves. This one brought tears to my eyes. Well done.

 Denise


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5 posted 12-07-1999 09:04 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

What a wonderful poem you penned here, your mind is a treasure chest of wisdom, and every poem you offer here is a gift to all of us. Thank you for your generosity.
hoot_owl_rn
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6 posted 12-07-1999 09:18 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

A beautiful poem and beautiful thoughts  
John Yaws
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Another wonderful effort. I like it very much.
Seymour Tabin
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8 posted 12-07-1999 10:13 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
If you hang some poetry on my tree,
Especially in the form of a book,
That would please me. Sy
Sally S.
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9 posted 12-07-1999 10:31 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Oh Mike, This was so heart warming.  I was very moved by this poem.  I'm going to keep this one, if you don't mind and share this with loved ones.  Truly a beautiful poem, my dear.  
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10 posted 12-07-1999 10:38 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

The gifts we give to God cannot be bought. They are given by us giving to others.
Very nice!
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11 posted 12-07-1999 10:46 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Andrew...that's a title I would wear with pride. Thanks for the words.
Ohme...I hope so. Thank you.
Marge..Thank you. Yes, it is heartfelt. I believe in what is written here.
Denise...Thank you for the tear.
LostDreamer..That is the nicest compliment I could ever ask for. Thank you.
Hoot and Gunslinger...Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed.
Sy...I would love to have one to hang there. Thanks, friend.
Sally..please share it with my gratitude and thank you very much for your kind words.
WhtDove...Words of wisdom, indeed. Too bad more don't live by them. Thank you.
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12 posted 12-08-1999 06:36 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Bal: Smiles here and I see you even gave a 'bug' hug as well..   

HUSG

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...

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13 posted 12-08-1999 07:05 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I can't very well twist this one around to say something nasty about Balladeer.....And it's a shame too yanno? This is excellent old man.....Did your dog write it?....I remember when life wasn't so hectic, (okay, when life wasn't so hectic and I still had a voice and remembered how to play the guitar)....my brother and I used to go to a place with our guitars and sing Christmas Carols to Abused women and their kids.....I guess it was probably the best present we could have given ourselves. The feeling it gives ya is pretty awesome....as is your poetry...

[This message has been edited by Toerag (edited 12-08-1999).]
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14 posted 12-08-1999 07:18 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

My cousin sent this to me this morning... "If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be
on it. If God had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. When you want to talk, He'll listen. He could live anywhere in the universe and He chose your heart. And that Christmas gift He sent you in Bethlehem?
Face it friend, He's crazy about you!"

Your poem, my friend, does Him honor... and is in itself a beautiful gift.
Pepper
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15 posted 12-08-1999 10:07 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

So heartwarming....so beautiful Balladeer....

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!


Iloveit
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16 posted 12-08-1999 10:46 AM       View Profile for Iloveit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Iloveit

I would ditto suthern cause she says the neatest things,lol, but am gonna ditto denise instead cause I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, great work my friend  
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17 posted 12-08-1999 10:57 AM       View Profile for paperguardian   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for paperguardian

  I'm glad to see the true spirit of Christmas in such heartwarming expression.  I truly loved the ending - humbling to know that the gift God most wants - is to love one another!  
 
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