The second day of Christmastide
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. Psalm 31.5
It is also a courageous calling. It is a calling which involves sacrifice.
At the heart of Christmas is giving. God gives to us, like Stephen we are called to give.
A lovely moment in our Carol service this year was the singing of the popular Christmas Carol, In the Bleak Midwinter. Christina Rossetti’s lovely Carol closes with these words:
What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him
give my heart.