It’s not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. For many if not the majority it’s a time of pain due to grief. Not just grief from empty chairs at the table but grief from not receiving the gifts we need. Instead of the gifts under the tree let’s give the gifts we need.
Let’s give the gift of love. Love people for who they are. Let them love who they wanna love, let them believe in what they want to believe in, and just let them be.
Let’s give the gift of compassion. Give compassion to those suffering. Maybe they are suffering in silence from something we know nothing about because it’s too painful to share or suffering from the loss of a child, parent, or spouse.
Let’s give the gift of forgiveness. Let’s forgive ourselves first for everything in our past. Write down every guilt, shame, and judgment and burn them into ashes. Forgive others for the apology we may never receive. Closure is never promised in life.
Let’s give the gift of gratitude. Thank people who came into our life and stayed during our worst of times. Thank those who gave us opportunities. Thank someone for sharing a story with us, a part of themselves. And don’t forget to thank yourself for every mountain you’ve climbed, and the storms you’ve survived. Last but not least thank God for living in you.
Let’s give our unique gifts. If you have the gift of peace, give it to someone who needs someone who needs some peace in their life. If you have the gift of helping, help someone who needs help. If you have the gift to lead, lead someone who needs to be led. If you have the gift to empower, empower someone who’s not able to empower themselves. Find your gift and give it to someone today for Christmas.
It was not the gifts brought to Jesus that were significant but what the gifts represented and what Jesus represented. Give your gift of what you want to represent today and every day.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!