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Light brushed past textiles with little more than a shimmer. It glanced off the cutlery and passed by the china with a glare. After searching the store, the rays met the crystal and danced. Wavelengths caressed each stemware pattern and filled them with prismatic wonder. No vessel glorified its brilliance more than the elaborate pitcher. Intricate etchings revealed light’s amazing facets and it offered an immense capacity for sharing the blessings.

While I once admired the goblet above all crystal vessels, I now hope to model my life after the pitcher. The goblet allows its owner to retain a prosperous serving and bears lovely design for him to enjoy. It benefits its holder, sharing its carvings and blessings with no other thirsty guests.

The pitcher centers its etching beneath the light source for all to see the effects of glory upon its scars. It remains open to receive a deep capacity for light-infused blessings which it never intends to keep for itself. The pitcher extends itself and remains engaged. Self-aware, yet not self-centered, It recognizes a pitcher fulfills its purpose when pouring itself into other vessels.

I pray for a successful life as the Lord’s pitcher, pouring out His blessings without holding back a single drop. Let me assure the concerned; no pitcher of God stands empty. After dispensing blessings, a pitcher centers itself under God and stands filled with light.

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.” Luke 8:16

“They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.” Psalm 36:8-9

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18:28

“But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” Philippians 2:17

I’ve cleaned out my closets and set the extras on the porch for charity pick-up. One toy waits in my trunk to be joined by others. A few more canned goods will go along to the donations tent. Somehow, it seems I should offer more to the huge need in my community.

I scan my home and tap my chin. What have I missed? Have I something else to spare, another resource I’ve kept in reserve?

Need has mounted in our area, as it has elsewhere. The tearful shimmer in the eyes of gaunt children grows familiar across the face of the earth. Many adults share the Christmas wish to give while their hearts ache for lack of funds. I heard these stories this week, while I gazed into the eyes of God’s beloved children. And I prayed for them …

I now realize the most valuable resource to offer one another could not be found on a closet shelf or purchased in a store. I couldn’t transfer funds to provide for the greatest need online. Wealth cannot afford more of it, nor can poverty keep it at a distance. The best gift remains accessible to all, as it was the very first Noel.

God wrapped Love in warm fingers and toes, then laid Him in the arms of ordinary, homeless travelers. He gave more than we could fit under a tree. Into receptive hearts, His love continues pouring in such abundance that we have ample supply to share with all those around us. The more we ask, the more love He showers upon us.

Let us not forget to give the priceless gift, the single offering which honors the purpose of Christmas. In the mall, at the grocery store, in line, or on the phone, show others we care. Love the different folks around us. Ask strangers how they are, and take time to hear their stories. Regardless of our financial situation, if we avail ourselves of the abundant supply from Christ, we can all spare a little extra love this year.

“God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent…He summons the heavens above,and the earth, that he may judge his people…’Sacrifice thank offerings to God,fulfill your vows to the Most High,and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.'”
– Psalm 50:3-15

The Maker grins at the sparrow’s warble, an elm branch flourishing its quenched leaves, and the flush of color rising from the atmosphere’s edge at the end of a day. An infinite universe spins overhead in a glorious display of the Creator’s genius. He fashioned every subatomic particle to wrap a masterful design of benefit around His favorite creation–us. God positioned us among a wide array of blessings, and mankind has surrendered an assortment of these in the ongoing quest to please God.
Smile upon us, Lord. See? We return these gifts to You.
We never consider the impact of our gift, but check it off the list. Most of us invest more thought in the purchase of a holiday gift card. Who would bless a fisherman with canned fish?
One type of offering warms a broad smile onto the Lord’s countenance. Our Father delights in sacrifices of the heart and soul. When thankfulness and obedience radiate from within us, life tingles through our fingertips and toes. The Spirit swells into divine warbling and praise and the world around us sees colorful splashes of power. God hears those who live thankful prayers. He receives sincere praise and doubles it back on us in a blessing-drench.
Take a moment to observe the heavens. Consider presenting your heart to the Lord in thankful surrender. What will you do to live your prayer of praise and submission?cross

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