Five Minute Friday
Word prompt: Gift.
A Christmas Carol wafts through my thoughts:
“How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given…”
But wait. I’m thinking it wasn’t given then. Not really, completely. It was presented, displayed, for the time until the hour of real giving would arrive. “My hour has not come,” (Jhn 2:4;7:30;8:20) then later, “His hour had come…” (Jhn 12:23;13:1;17:1).
And the words change in my mind:
“In what anguish, in what anguish, the wondrous gift is given! Thus God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven…”
We focus on the giving at Christmas time, but isn’t the greatest Christian holiday just ahead: Holy Week, encompassing the death, the life given on the cross, the burial, the mourning, the anguish, the darkness, then the dawn — and the Life Resurrected, to Ascend soon after as the perfect fragrant incense, more than acceptable to God the Father?
Time to meditate on the greatest gift of all time and eternity!
[Five minutes, writing. Extra time for checking the carol’s words and gathering the Bible references. And finding picture(s) — later.]