What Can I Give Him?

If you have ever given a children’s sermon and wondered if anything you said will be remembered by the children or make a difference in their lives, let me tell you this story.

I probably was around seven years old, and it was Christmas Eve at our church - Hilton Presbyterian Church, in Newport News, Virginia. A nice lady, whose name I can’t remember, talked about Jesus’ birth as a wonderful gift from God. Then she asked, “What are gifts that we can give back to Jesus?” The responses were typical: we can be good; we can come to church; we can obey our parents; we can pray; we can help others.

Then she gave us a small heart shaped pin cushion with the following words on it:

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 him my heart.

When I became an adult I learned these words were from a Christina Rossetti poem entitled “In the Bleak Mid-Winter.” This poem was set to music and can be found in our hymnal: Hymn # 36.

These few verses have stayed with me for 41 years. Every Christmas Eve, I remember the small heart cushion with the words, and I recite them to myself. It helps me remember that what God wants most of all from us is our heart.

No matter where you find yourself this Christmas, you do have something to give to God in thankfulness for his gift to us: You can give him your heart!

May you have a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee