This Christmas Season

  • This Christmas season of gift giving provides an appropriate time to imagine how you might offer your growing gifts of the Spirit during these often hectic days, when both people and packages fill our lives. We can’t give away what we don’t possess. As spiritual gifts are born within us, we can give as a gift blessings on those around us out of the spiritual gifts of blessings we have:

    • Kindness — We can humbly give to others, encouraging the flickering candle of their best selves to burn more brightly.

    • Patience — We can be more tolerant and patient when things go awry.

    • Peace — We can fill the atmosphere with our own sense of peace, a calm amid the chaos, so that it creates peace for others.

    • Goodness — We can focus on the positives, rather than the negatives, of those around us.

    • Generosity — We can give our full attention to each person, one at a time, not forgetting even the most troublesome.

    • Self-control — We can commit ourselves to no outbursts, no irritating reports.

    • Faithfulness — We can be true to the blessed values of the Christmas season.

    • Joy — We can be the source of smiles, laughter, and appreciation.

    • Love — We can look at every thought, word, and action through the filter of “Is it loving?”