What Can I Give Him

“What can I give him, poor as I am?”

The words to this beautiful poem were written before 1872 by Christina Rossetti and then published in 1906. It is a beautiful carol that describes the simplicity, humility and sense of awe that occurred that first Christmas.

“In The Bleak Midwinter”
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

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 I can I give Him: give my heart.

How will you respond this Advent season?
Thank you, Almighty, Creator and Sustainer for speaking to us through the gift of nature.

Jeff Rogers

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