Paper, ribbons, tags, and bows,
Boxes beautified for Christmas Day.
Such beauty in a simple package,
It seems a shame to tear away.
But once the shell is broken open,
Deep within it is revealed
Hidden in this simple package
A greater gift is found concealed.
We are all but flesh and blood,
Our moments here are just a breath.
Like jars of clay we are so fragile,
Life runs blindly into death.
But deep inside these fragile vessels,
The Spirit stirs up gifts of light.
Though we are weak His strength empowers,
And mortal men gain godly might.
Remember, then, this Christmas lesson,
Of the gifts within you hide;
Unopened gifts accomplish nothing,
You must reveal the gift inside!
by Kevin Phillips