The Christ which Jesus revealed is already incarnated in our own nature and this hidden center seeks to find circumference through our lives. The intellect must give its consent and the mind must unify with the Spirit. The outlet for Truth must be true.
Christmas is for remembrance. The love manifest through our gifts to each other typifies the offering of Life, the givingness of Spirit to Its creation. The hands of the Eternal are outstretched through our hands and the heart of the Infinite beats in the human breast. But the giver must give of himself for, “The gift without the giver is bare.” It is not enough to give money to a great cause. Only those understand giving who give of themselves withholding nothing.
It is not then in lavish gifts that we find true giving but in the sweet simplicity of remembrance, in the kindly thought, the tolerant mind and the gentle act. Love alone can give love, sympathy alone can sympathize and only goodness can really do or be good. The one who gives for reward does not give at all, he seeks to bargain, to trade for spiritual gifts and hence he senses a loss in his own giving and finds no completion through the act. But he who gives half his meat to the hungry, feels justified and is warmed by a real sense of comradeship. He has established an actual unity between himself and another offspring of creation.
Great causes succeed when there is a giving of humanity to humanity. With the check must come the one who wrote it, his interest, his enthusiasm, his love. The check must be a symbol of his desire to impart of himself then shall it multiply its benefits and do good. Charity is cold but love is warm. When heart speaks to heart a divine conversation has taken place, a heavenly discourse.