Gifts AND Presence

 She'd come earlier this month bringing with her my birthday gift--a set of beautiful coasters.
Thoughtful.  Knowing my birthday falls on Christmas Day, 
she wanted me to have separate gifts.
 Then back today with my "Christmas gifts"...
the ornament (above) and homemade goodies filling the box below.
Like a very young child, I am totally enchanted with its wrapping!
As yummy as the contents of the box are,
it was her PRESENCE that I needed most today.
And the time and labor of love that went into making the pickles, sweet breads and caramels
warmed my heart.
My gift-and-presence-friend and her kindness
made me think of a Vacation Bible School song from several years ago.
Have you ever heard it?

Our gifts seem small
But we place them all
We place them all at Your feet
They are simple things
But with all our hearts
With all our hearts we will sing
We will sing

We bring our gifts
You bring Your presence
Exchanging our little
For all that You are
We bring our gifts
You bring Your presence
And what is most precious
Jesus, You fill our hearts

To serve O King
Is the praise we bring
The praise we bring is to serve
Ever to obey
Is the way we say
The way we say we are Yours
We are Yours
 (Annette Oden | Dave Noel)


  1. You are a Christmas baby? How blessed you are! Enjoy your gifts dear friend :0) mari

    1. I sure AM--a Christmas baby AND blessed :)

  2. My husband is a Christmas Eve baby, and I have always made a separate birthday for him!

    So happy that your friend is thoughtful and kind and knows how needed this kindness is!


    1. Honestly, I've never (in my memory) felt slighted or wistful about having a birthday on another date. But my friend IS thoughtful and kind to have honored me this way. Happy upcoming birthday to your husband!

  3. What a thoughtful friend you have. A Christmas birthday must be hard as a child, but how speical it can be for an adult! To share Jesus's birthday! I remember my first pregnancy at Christmas close I felt to the Blessed Mother...just cradled my baby inwardly as she must have. The season has been short for me this year but its fleeting days make each more precious!

    1. As I replied to Mrs. Rabe above, I can't remember viewing a Christmas birthday as a "hard" thing.....I love the way your describe your Christmas time pregnancy ♥

      Enjoy the precious fleeting days that remain in this beautiful Christmas season. Merry Christmas, Claudia!

  4. God gave us a blessing with friendships...I hope you are feeling better.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
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