The Surrendered Gift

Give as freely as you have received! — Matthew 10:8

We left the torn and crumpled paper 

under the tree until this morning —

a reminder of an anticipation

that feeds a Christmas longing —

to give and to receive, but it is more

than an exchange of trinkets,

it is the desire to relate, bestow grace,

show love to those who bring 

such meaning to our every day, 

that is the Christmas spirit, 

the surrendered gift, our reflection 

of a love that was and is freely given.

—C.L. Fisher, December 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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