Advent Wednesday 21st December Romans 12: 6-9

We have gifts that differ according to the grace give to us  Romans 12:6

What can we bring to the crib on Christmas morning? A Christmas carol written by Christina Rossetti, answers that question.

Christina was born in 1830 and lived in London with her two brothers and one sister, who all became successful writers and artists, and she herself become a successful Romantic poet.

She was a committed Anglican, but suffered a nervous breakdown as a teenager. She always felt she was never good enough, as she saw her siblings rise to success, and so she delved deeper into religious fervour.

We all ask that question ’what can I do’ or ‘what gifts to I have to offer God’s world’. The last verse in the well-loved carol ‘In the bleak mid-winter’, captures the desperation that Christina had to encounter the Living God. However I think this applies to every individual who is serious about discipleship, walking and kneeling before the crib.

What can I give him

Poor as I am

If I were a shepherd,

I would bring a lamb ,

If I were a wise man,

I would do my part

Yet what can I give him

Give my heart.        Amen




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