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Presents For All (7th poem in advent book
by larry r linville

Sunday, December 12, 2010
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This is the last of 7 poems in my Advent Devotional book I prepared for my congregation.


When the kids got up the last day
thinking they had time to play
they saw a pile of paper on the floor
with ribbons and bows so galore.
Mother said “we have gifts to wrap
so there will be no time for a nap.”
They wrapped gifts for certain friends
of all kinds of things and odds and ends.
Grandma, Grandpa and cousins too
the pile was high before they were through.
They tried to think whom they had missed
and went back over their long list.
Dad asked if they missed one guest
more important than all the rest.
They couldn’t think of any one
then they remembered God’s only Son.
“We can’t miss Jesus, it’s his birthday
so for his gift we’ll have to pray.”
They gave the church a big donation
for God’s gift to all creation.
Tim thought they should do even more
given freely and not just a chore.
Jesus said as we do to others
we give to him and to his brothers.
They looked around and tried to read
of a family near who had a big need.
They delivered to them a box of food
and other things they thought would be good.
Cookies to the man living alone
and a friendly call on the phone.
Money was given to a man
at a red Salvation Army can.
When the gift giving was done
and they rested from that big run
they were ready for Christmas Day
as they thankfully bowed to pray.

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