“So the man gazed at them, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I don’t have any money, but I will give you what I do have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise up and walk!””Acts of the Apostles 3:5-6 CEB
As we creep closer to Christmas, I’m struck by the simple Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy” – just the premise of it. If you and I were there, at the manger with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, what gift would we bring?
In the text above, Peter and John, two of Jesus disciples were going up to the temple to pray, when they encountered a crippled beggar. What do they have to offer him? It’s not a monetary handout, they give life in Jesus name – which brings mercy, grace, healing, restoration, wholeness.
You and I may or may not be able to offer material things, but we all have plenty of God’s love for us, revealed by Jesus birth, to give away. It’s a well that never runs dry. There’s always more than enough.
Today, someone out there in the crazy world, needs you stop for a moment and in some way, some shape, form, or fashion, gift them with some love in Jesus name.
Prayer: Lord, your love for us never fails and never ends, reveal to me someone to share your love with, someone who simply needs to know that they have not been forgotten, that they have value, that they are not simply some charity case. They have value because you love them, and you want heal them and restore them to wholeness. Show me some one who is hurting or lonely, and give me the wisdom to know how to share you and your love with them. Use me as your gift today. In Jesus name, Amen.
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