Now that the delightful craziness that was our Season of Giving has passed (or has it really?) and we are establishing the foundations for 2012, it’s a good time to reflect on what made 2011 special. We had times of exhausting depletion, amazing rejuvenation, thoughtful redemption and revitalized production. Without going into detail because this would no longer be a ‘thought’ but a ‘thesis’, 2011 was pivotal for our Faith family. We started looking outward and moving toward what and who we saw, whether it was a neighbor, an outreach or a family member…it was a year of “not so much about us”!
Jake Allen http://jellsolutions.net/ and I worked together from the platform of capturing the Season of Giving in a visual art form. This birthed the “God Gave Himself” video. Our hope was that the spirit of the season would be illustrated. The original thought was to have different readers narrate the short film…but due to time constraints and audio choreographing to the musical background we defaulted to Jakes baritone vocal attributes. Thanks to all the folks that read, you helped the project immensley. Thanks to Jake for donating your skills to this project. It was truly a gift of love! It was such a pleasure seeing our Faith family blessing others in so many different areas.
Thank you for giving!
God gave Himself
In the silence of the night
A child, a king, a treasure
The gift of the divine…
How do we find Christmas in the chaos and where do we see Jesus in the giving?
We see Him
In the eyes of a child hearing the Christmas story in a new way…
In the life of a single mom when her needs are met
In the heartbeat on a monitor
In the hands of the elderly held in love
In the box of food given to a man out of work so his family may eat
In the dance of a special needs child
When a yard is mowed, a car is fixed and a washer repaired.
In the simplicity of a worship song
In a mended relationship
Christmas is about giving. Not about the perfect gift or even presents at all.
It’s about giving ourselves.
God gave Himself
To the world…
But most importantly…
Christmas is now.
What will you do with this divine gift?
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14