Isaiah 11:1-9

We've all been told that it is more blessed to give than to receive, but that does not seem to be reflected much in the way Christmas is often celebrated. Sometimes we become so preoccupied with the getting that the giving becomes nothing more than an obligation. Adn this is not restricted only to the packages under the tree; much of our focus at Christmas time tends to center on ourselves and ensuring that our holiday is exactly the way we want it to be. But when the prophet speaks of the gift of Christmas he has a much larger scope in mind. And the only way to truly get this gift is to give it away.