I have been making my list and checking it twice ... choosing songs to share here during my Musical Count-Down to Christmas. As I listen to our Christmas songs, it's as though I'm hearing some of them for the very first time. Choruses and verses are popping out at me, full of poetry and passion. And in some cases, Scriptural truth nestled in pure silliness.
Today's song would fall into that particular category.
I have always loved this version of the song from the John Denver & The Muppets Christmas album, A Christmas Together. But there is something even more delightful about seeing Miss Piggy in action! She is exuberant in her singing and dancing - completely caught up in the music. I think Lydia has learned a few of her moves.
I'm quite certain that you picked up on the lines as Gonzo and Rolf and that odd little Fish Guy sang in the round, but just in case:
Christmas is coming,
The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man's hat.
If you haven't got a penny,
A ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny,
Then God bless you
More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/christmas_songs/#share
Hidden in the midst of Beaker's manic maraca-ing, Miss Piggy's flying blonde hair and the dancing Muppets, is a beautiful truth. The importance of giving generously.
Even if it doesn't seem like much to us, our gifts (no matter the size) are big in God's hands. Especially when we give with joy!
From these mere ten lines we have a picture painted for us:
Geese ready for slaughter - just in time for Christmas dinner,
A sense of cold weather blowing in - winter snow and icy hands,
An old beggar waiting for charity - just a little something,
The willingness to give your all ~ even if it's just a half a cent.
All around us are opportunities to practice generosity. And we can all jump in ... seeing as very few of us would land in the category of "haven't got a ha'penny". In reality, we are already abundantly blessed by God and it's good for our hearts to spread some of that blessing around!
Here are just a few ways to, "Please put a penny":
Angel Tree ~ A Program of Prison Fellowship
Operation Christmas Child ~ Shoe Box Gifts
Gifts of Compassion ~ Compassion International
The Adventure Project ~ Give a Stove, Change a Life
MOPS ~ Mothers of Preschoolers
Have fun, give with enthusiasm and God bless you!