From Joey + Rory's Christmas album, "A Farmhouse Christmas" released in 2011, here's "The Gift" that matters to God's heart.
Briefly, the song is a touching story about a poor orphan named Maria whose sacrificial love pleased God. She found an injured bird by the roadside and seeing its pitiful state, Maria did her best to nurse it back to health. Then she used her last peso and bought a cage for the bird and brought it to church as her Christmas offering
Seeing people’s expensive gifts of diamonds and perfumes decked on the manger though, Maria felt that hers was insignificant. But God spoke and told Maria to let the bird loose. To her surprise, out the bird flew as if it has never been hurt. The bird’s a Nightingale and upon release, it sang a beautiful song. In God’s eyes, Maria’s gift was the most valuable over all the other presents which the town folks brought.
“The Gift” is the second track from Joey+ Rory’s first Christmas album, "A Farmhouse Christmas." The album got a 3.5-star rating from AllMusic and Mr. Steve Legget gave it a favorable review. He stated that the album is an "unassuming as it is a breath of fresh December air."
On charts, "A Farmhouse Christmas" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums and #59 on Top Country Albums.
Stephanie Davis is a singer-songwriter who has written songs for country stars like Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, and Martina McBride. Garth Brooks also recorded “The Gift” for his 1992 Christmas album, “Beyond the Season.” The album became a big hit peaking at #2. Davis’ song then gained recognition and became one of the top most requested Christmas songs on radio stations. In 2005, she included “The Gift” in her 2005 album, "Home for the Holidays."