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The Greatest Gift: a Christmas poem from Harry Mack
Harry Mack writes: Here is a poem I wrote a few years ago. If you wish, you have my permission to use it on the Columbia Magazine web site:
The Greatest Gift © 1994 by Harry Mack, permission to reprint on CM 25 Dec 2017
As it is the custom in the Western world, to give gifts at the end of the year,
I wonder if, through the hustle and bustle, people know the reason very clear.
They fight in the stores to get the last of the latest toys that are the rage.
They speed and cut off others on the roads, acting like someone half their age.
You hear about the Christmas spirit and how everyone is so nice to each other.
On the surface, it may look nice and sweet, supposedly caring about your brother.
But, before the year comes to an end, all is forgotten and itís back to the same thing.
Put it to the other guy; get yours first and race ahead to reach out for that golden ring.
If a gift is given, is it because you feel obligated or want to show your wealth?
Is it out of love that you gave it or was it to maintain your status and your health?
How many children know that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord?
How many adults acknowledge Christ and learn His will by reading it in His Word?
When was the first gift given that is the cause for the holiday activities known today?
I can tell you that it wasnít from three wise men, like some of the songs do say.
This gift was given before there was time and in love like no man can express.
It is the gift of eternal life and came from God, the Father, I must truly confess.
To give this gift, God sent His only Son to humiliate Himself taking on the flesh of man.
His entrance was not into splendor, but into conditions spelled out in Godís holy plan.
The Son lived a life knowing hunger, pain and temptation, doing it so perfect and pure.
What an example for us all to follow, think of the humiliation He had to always endure.
He lived His life, teaching, healing and setting the target for everyone to hit.
Of course, the Word says, everyone misses the mark; youíd better believe it.
For those chosen not because of who they are or what they have done,
will hit the bulls eye, because the Father sees only His righteous, perfect Son.
Yes, He gave something priceless that will last forever to the end of time.
Something that, when left to their own means, men will reject in kind.
Something that takes His Holy Spirit to clear eyes blinded by a veil of sin.
Something that takes those from another family and makes them one of kin.
Eternal life is the greatest gift that knows no boundaries of time or space.
This gift has been received by many in different times and in most any place.
So, I ask you, have I made my point to you so you can see the light?
Have you yielded to Him that gives the greatest gift or do you still put up a fight?
I canít speak for you, but I accepted His gift and rejoice in His eternal love. Thank you, Father, for your greatest gift, sent from Heaven above.
--Harry Mack © 1994
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