One of the most sentimental memories from my childhood is Christmastime. The glow of the Christmas tree on the night of Christmas Eve. Candles lit throughout the house, special trinkets on display, festive music filling the air. The glowing fireplace filling the room with warm air, stockings hung on the mantel. Such beautiful traditions took place in this setting. Under the tree were beautifully wrapped packages–our family gifts, of course, as Santa had not yet visited. The sweetest gift we had to offer each other, however, could not be wrapped, but was symbolized by a small silver box that hung on our tree.
“Silver Boxes,” by Michael Bright
My words were harsh and hasty and they came without a thought.Then I saw the pain and anguish that my bitter words had brought.Bitter words that I had spoken made me think back through the past;Of how many times I’d uttered biting words whose pain would last.Then I wondered of the people I had hurt by things I’d said;all the ones I had discouraged when I didn’t use my head.Then I thought about my own life. Of painful words I’ve heard;and of the times I’d been discouraged by a sharp and cruel word.And now clearly I remember all the things I might have done;but, by a word I was discouraged and they never were begun.Lord, help my words be silver boxes.Neatly wrapped up with a bow; that I give to all so freely, as through each day I gladly go.Silver boxes full of treasure, precious gifts from God above;that all the people I encounter might have a box of God’s own love.
On a night where God’s love is at the forefront of our minds as we are thinking about the babe Jesus, it is a beautiful thing to share God’s love in the words we say to each other. Oh, that our words might be silver boxes!
As we are mindfully preparing for our Christmas this year, let’s look for ways to speak life to each other, and to encourage each other with words as sweet as honey. The best part about this tradition is that is costs nothing, yet it is truly meaningful!
Merry Christmas, friends!
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