Seven Gifts of the Christ Child
Rev. Deb Hill-Davis
Tonight we celebrate and honor the birth of the Christ consciousness within as we complete our Advent journey to experience our Christ self as the Light of the World. This is the end and the beginning of our journey and the birth of a new, deeper realization of our Christ Light as we celebrate and realize the Seven Gifts of the Christ Child.
“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)
We now light the candle of Hope, the first gift of the Christ.
The birth of the first-born always brings hope…. hope for the future… hope for new life.
Hope is well-founded optimism. We look to this day knowing that we are blest even before we get started. That is hope. When things look dark we know that there is always good that comes from even the darkest clouds: that is hope. Our hope is born not of the past. No matter the details or direction of our past, our hope, our sacred potential is born of the Christ within us, the Divinity within. Our hope is not based upon how we have played small in the past or what limited selves we have been in the past, but our hope is based upon Divine channels; the Divine expressions we truly are.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 16 Psalm 9 (NRSV)
Affirmation: Thank you God for hope in my life. “Christ in me, my hope of glory”
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” Luke 2: 8-10 (KJVR)
We now light the candle of Power, the second gift of the Christ.
There is but one Power and one Presence in the Universe and in our lives… God, the Good Omnipotent. The Christ within us gives us the gift of Power to make our lives successful, to renew our health, the Power to bless us with all manner of good things. Allow my words to be your own and know: I am in authority in my world. I alone decide what I shall think — and what I persistently, consistently think determines what I experience. I can allow my thinking to be influenced from the outside, but in the final analysis the ruling decision as to what stays in my mind and what goes, rests with me. I accept the Gift of Power.
Affirmation: I accept the gift of Power. I am a Being of Power, here to bless the world.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-12 ( KJVR)
We now light the candle of Joy.
Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: It is delight. Our awareness of God’s presence in our lives is the reason for the great joy in life. This is joy beyond the transitory “feeling good” at some success or goal achieved…. it is a steady uplifted contentment we feel that is engendered by the constant awareness of God in our lives. It is an uplifted consistency of happiness fostered by an awareness of the Christ.
The Christ we come to see
—in a quiet moment when we are at peace and the world is wonderful, and our mind is quiet enough to enjoy it
—when we hear that still small voice within us pointing us in another direction and it feels good
The Christ in us being born.
— when we get to the finish line and we know we’ve overcome a great challenge–The Christ in us is rising…
— When we cannot imagine how we’re going to possibly meet a challenge, yet we have faith that we will…. and we do… recalling God working in our lives…the Christ in us growing.
—When we open up to a new idea that turns us on….and expands our mind, the Christ is at work and we are in the Christ joy…. the Christ is being born in us.
Affirmation The Joy of rebirth floods through me and I am so blessed.
“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:12-14 ( KJVR)
We now light the candle of Peace, the 4th gift of the Christ.
The birth of the Christ within us brings us God’s goodwill toward men, the gift of peace.
With the dawn of new hope in our lives we can lay aside all our negativity towards ourselves and others; we accept a fresh start, we can truly be at peace now.
With the Power of God flowing through our beings we can lay aside all fear.
With the coming of joy in our lives through the presence of God, we can rest quietly.
Affirmation: A deep-seated peace is born in me this day! I open to the presence of profound peace and contentment in my life.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” Luke 2: 15 (KJVR)
“Behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him.” Matt 2:1-2 (KJVR)
We now light the 5th candle, representing the Gift of Divine Guidance.
It is such a comfort, such a great reassurance in an uncertain world, to know that we can trust totally in the unfailing wisdom of the Christ within us. The Holy Spirit promised to us by Jesus before he left this realm, that still small voice that speaks to us… is such a wellspring of Divine Guidance, such a great gift of the Christ. As we learn to disregard our worries and fears, as we learn to set aside the mental chatter of overly busy minds and sit apart from the business of the outside world, we learn to open up and receive Divine Guidance.
“Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (1Kings 1:19) (KJVR)
Affirmation: I open to the Lord to receive the Gift of Divine Guidance, thank you God!
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” Luke:2:16-20 (KJVR)
We now light the 6th candle, the candle of Love.
Have you ever seen a mother newly delivered of child? Have you ever been a mother newly delivered of child? Then you know the love flooding through Mary’s heart as she held the infant Jesus. And we have some inkling of the Love of God for us as we hold these gifts of the Christ in our uncertain grasp. As a toddler discovers the world about him, we discover the world of Spirit. As Mary and Joseph watched their child with loving care, so are we tenderly and lovingly watched by the Divine Father-Mother within us.
Friends, know that the lifeblood coursing through our veins and arteries is an expression of God’s love; that the ever present activity of energy within our cells is the flow of God’s love for us; that the very force of Nature that holds the stars and planets in their places and provides for harmony in the Natural world, is an expression of God’s infinitely total love for us. And know that in our most challenging times, we can always lean our head on the bosom of the Divine Mother and rest in her tender, her comforting, her loving embrace.
“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” Psalms 5: 11-12 (KJVR)
Affirmation: I open to the Presence of Love in my life.
“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”Luke 2:20-21
Leader: We now light the 7th candle for the Mystery Gift of the Christ.
The 7 th Great Gift that the Christ brings to you this year is the realm of all possibilities. The entire universe is open to you! All possibilities are open to your life.
You are the author of your own life and everything is possible….with God all things are possible, the Christ Presence opens me to the Infinite Possibilities of God.
Affirmation: I open myself to all possibilities! I am filled with blessings now!
Celebration of the Gifts of the Christ Child:
I am blessed with Hope
I am filled with Power
I am awash in Joy
I relax in the Peace of God
My mind is open to Divine Guidance!
I am a channel for the Love of God to flow in this world to everyone around me!
The Source of all Goodness uses me to create Goodness upon this Earth.
The Gifts of Christ are mine and I am Blessed.
I am open to all the possibilities in life!
May you be richly blessed this Christmas with all the Gifts of the Christ Child