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Presents or Presence

by John Janzen © 2017

Presents or presence surrounding the tree
Paper wrapped boxes or sweet thoughts of Thee?
Tinsel and garland with lights all a’glow
Or hearts set on Jesus from where blessings flow?

Clamorous shopping to get the best deal
Constant consumption consumers reveal
Emptiness stalking in each human heart
Searching for value in each shopping cart

Quiet and comfort that we can’t afford
Offered us freely from Jesus, the Lord
He who has granted us intrinsic worth
Godhead incarnate through a virgin birth

Seems now the focus of holiday cheer
Stuff we’re collecting as Christmas draws near
Never imagine these things could replace
Peace in God’s presence, the gift of His grace

Appreciate presents wrapped up with bows
Give thanks for the gifts that family bestows
Never forget the most important part
The presence of Jesus in each Christian heart

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This poem was a finalist in the December 2017 poetry contest

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