There was a Soldier named Sarah who deployed to a forward combat zone.  

She was a well-trained medic who had passion for God.

Her thoughts turned homeward one day in chapel after the chaplain spoke about plans for the holidays. Sarah remembered wonderful times with her Family celebrating the season by going to church on Christmas Eve and opening presents the next morning.  

Unable to go home, Sarah began to think about sending gifts. She cringed at the idea of sending gifts ordered online. Suddenly, she knew exactly what to do.  

Weeks later, a small white postal box arrived at the front door of Sarah’s parents’ home. When her mom found it and saw the postmark from Afghanistan she was excited.  

“Please open on Christmas morning,” were written on the box.

On Christmas morning Sarah’s mother opened the box. She found a number of envelopes inside.  

There were envelops for her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, niece and little nephew.  

The Family was a bit confused because each envelope had a small piece of card stock paper cut in unusual shapes.

Suddenly, Sarah’s nephew realized that the pieces were parts of a homemade jigsaw puzzle.  

Hastily, they went to a table and put the pieces together. When the last piece was placed; Sarah’s Family had pieced together a large heart. On the heart was inscribed, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I give to you. I give you my heart.”

The advent message of this season is “God so loved the world” he sent us his heart.  

God’s heart came to us on that first Christmas in the form of a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. It would be through the life, death and resurrection of the Christ-child that the world would know without a doubt how much love emanates from the Heavenly Father’s heart to us.  

God wants you to experience the warmth of his love this season.

Do you want to receive his heart?

If you do then heed the words of the great hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem”: “How silently, the wondrous gift is given so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven, no ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.”