St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Vicar's Blog - December 2013

Have you ever wondered what present to buy for the person who has everything?

I was listening to the radio recently, whilst driving, and a discussion was taking place on why there is such compulsion to buy presents – expensive presents. The underlying suggestion was that it was necessary in order to show the person for whom you had bought the expensive gift how much you loved them.

As the programme drew to an end, a counter-argument was put forward. One person said that, in his experience, at the end of Christmas Day many children, although pleased with their gifts, are happy just to play with the wrapping paper or the box the toy came in.

Often, what they really want is a gift that cannot be wrapped up: time and love. They want a cuddle, to feel loved. As we get older, we look for similar things – compassion, forgiveness, reliability and faithfulness.

God is the God of love. He is the faithful God, who keeps his part of the bargain even when we don’t. He is the reliable God who is always there for us, who wants to ‘be born in us today’ and to ‘abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel’. He is the God who loves us so much he sent his Son to forgive us all our wrongs – if we let him – and offers eternal life. He is the God of compassion, forgiveness, reliability and faithfulness.

He is the God who wants us to love him. God made everything, has everything. He cannot make us love him, but he invites us to give him our time and love.

What present do you give the person who has everything? The answer, surely, is your presence - your time and love. ‘Yet what I can I give him – give my heart’.