Thursday, December 10, 2009

Recognizing your Gifts

"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

First I have to say a big "thanks" to my daughter, Katie. I appreciate her support and of course, her love. I am grateful to God for her and feel very blessed to have someone like her in my life.
She is a gift.

That ties in to what I want to say today. At this time of the year, we are busy shopping for gifts for the people in our lives. Giving is wonderful. It is a delight to see the happiness in the face of someone who has just received a gift. However do we stop to think of all the ongoing gifts we receive from God in the form of the people in our lives. You may not remember the gift someone gave you ten Christmases ago. But you will remember the kindness and love you received from someone, all your life.
During this time of the year, we celebrate the gift that was given to us over two thousand years ago in the form of Jesus. He is our ongoing gift. We are all fortunate to have this great person in our lives who was willing to die for us. This is the ultimate gift.
We are also gifts from God to each other. Think of the people in your life who are there for you in times of great happiness and also great struggle. In the cards you send out to one another, thank someone for being a gift in your life. In, addition, remember that you are a gift to others. Don't worry if you do not get the absolute right gift for someone. To that person, you are the gift.
So, at this time of gift giving, remember to acknowledge the ongoing gifts in your life. Remember to acknowledge the love and friendship that freely come from these gifts. Also remember to thank God for these gifts. Really enjoy the season of Christmas, surround yourself with your gifts. We celebrate the gift of Jesus during this season. It is not so important that we remember the date of his birth. It is important to remember this gift of love.

Peace and love to you all.


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