It Came Without Ribbon

By Melody Hernandez

“It came without ribbons
It came without tags
It came without packages or boxes or bags
‘Maybe Christmas’, he thought
‘Doesn’t come from a store….
Maybe Christmas
Perhaps, means a little bit more!’ – Dr.Seuss

            The holiday season stirs up something special in the hearts of people.  You don’t have to be a Christian to notice that people will go out of their way to be compassionate and kind during this season.  Perhaps the down time causes reflection, or maybe it is the holiday cheer in the air that makes people long for MORE. This “more” that we all crave roots back to what we were made for, to be children in the kingdom of God. In the past two weeks I feel like the Lord has highlighted to me Luke 12: 32, “it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the Kingdom”.  

As children of God, I propose that there is a Christmas tree for us year round.  This Christmas tree is the Kingdom of God, and underneath it are all the gifts our souls will ever want. Love, joy, peace, righteousness, acceptance, gentleness, comfort and hope, all waiting for us to unwrap and receive!   Maybe Christmas is just a picture of what we get to partake in all year round.  This season is filled with songs of joy, but maybe there is a reason David said in the psalms, “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”.  David had a reason to sing everyday and we do too.  The Grinch was on to something when he said the poem above, because the kingdom of God is among us.  Indeed, “it comes without ribbons, it comes without tags, it comes without packages or boxes or bags”.  This kingdom is at hand.   Let the joy of this season be a reminder and set a standard of how we get to be all year round.