A seasonal offering meditation

We sing,

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;


All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;


Another verse for this song—rarely sung—says this:

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

It would seem that if we feel the joy of full salvation, we will not only 1) worship, but will also 2) live a life of giving … and this life lived becomes a reflection of the redemption gift we have been given.  We will not only relate vertically but also exist horizontally in relation to others.

During this season, the thought of giving to others may lead you to one of several follow-up thoughts:

  • “Gift of the Magi,” the short story by O. Henry, in which the poor husband buys a set of expensive combs for his wife’s beautiful hair, at roughly the same time that the wife cuts her hair off and sells it for a few dollars to a wig-maker so she could buy her husband a present
  • Any number of other seasonal movies in which the heart comes alive and becomes tender and giving
  • Or maybe the pure, childlike heart represented in “The Little Drummer Boy” – giving what he could
  • Better yet, the widow’s mite … or the woman of Luke 7 who gave the gift of penitence and washed Jesus’ feet with her heart’s tears.  She gave herself, I would say, in spontaneous worship—and that, in itself, was a gift.

The communion remembrance, however distant from its origins, is a gift to Him.  A gift of the heart.  And we now have opportunity to give other gifts for various sub-causes that come under His Lordship in our congregation.

2 thoughts on “A seasonal offering meditation

    • Brian Casey 01/23/2013 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you for your warm affirmations always. I think I will have to go back and read this myself.

      Sent from smart phone. Not responsible for voice dictation errors.


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