Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ladies of Grace - December 10th

"Oh, yes. Christmas is all about gifts. Nothing but gifts. But such gifts! Gifts tied with heart strings. Gifts that surprise and delight. Gifts that transform the mundane into the miraculous. Gifts that nurture the souls of both the giver and the given. Perfect gifts. Authentic gifts. The gifts of the Spirit, a frightened teenage girl, her bewildered sweetheart, the Child, the angels, the shepeherd boy, the inn-keeper's wife. The gifts of the Magi.

"Unconditional love. Selflessness. Trust. Faith. Forgiveness. Wholeness. Second Chances. Comfort. Joy. Peace. Reassurance. Rejoicing. Generosity. Compassion. Charity. Wonder. Acceptance. Courage.

"To give such gifts. To truly open our hearts to receive such gifts gratefully.

"Christmas just won't be Christmas without any presents."
--Simple Abundance

Beautifully put, wasn't it?
I had a "Ladies of Grace" moment this week. I wrote about it on our church blog, here. In a moment of frustration, a phone call reminded me of what was important. I may have given a gift to the woman on the other end... But she gave me a gift as well. A "pause." A reminder that God uses us where we are. A gift of Spirit. I've been thinking of her and praying for her this week... I hope you'll join me in my prayers!

Today I am thankful for:

1. Reminders.
2. Gifts of Spirit - in whatever form they may come!
3. A sunny, snow-covered morning.
4. Arriving safely to my destinations yesterday!
5. New cookie recipes!
6. The hubby making dinner last night!
7. The movie, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."
8. Prayers.
9. Norman Rockwell Santa paintings...
10. Mittens.


Melissa said...

We've been watching "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" here! The kids love it!

What kinds of cookies are you making?

Kathryn said...

Megan, I am glad you are back! I missed your posts. And you are inspiring me to possibly start my own blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

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