Friday, December 24, 2010

Season for Gifts

"Make something of every gift you are given. Use it, but use it wisely and well. 
Imagine, when you awake each morning, what you will make of the new day, which is the greatest of all gifts. 

Listen closely when the gift is music. Return it abundantly when the gift is love. 
Touch it gently when the gift is fragile. Protect it fiercely when the gift is vulnerable. 


Laugh aloud when the gift is joyous. Share it, when the gift is truth. 
Use it bravely, when the gift is freedom. When the gift is money, give it away.  


Above all, do not pretend to understand why you have been chosen to receive these gifts. 

This is the mystery of life."

(Adapted from Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, eds. Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Trinity University Press, 2010.  Copyright © 2010, Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Nelson.)

May peace and joy and encouragement be the gifts you hold in your heart throughout this season and the coming year.  And may these also be the gifts you share with others as you walk this path of life.


Beena said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful, uplifting words and pictures. May you and your loved ones be surrounded by peace and joy ~~ :)

Best wishes,

Relyn said...

The picture of your dog running makes me happy! I know I'm not really getting my wishes in on time. The truth is, it's just after midnight, but I still had to come by and wish you the merriest Christmas season ever. I want to thank you for making my life richer by sharing your blog and by reading mine. You are a blessing to me. Merry, merry Christmas, my frined. May the coming week bring you laughter, joy, short returns lines, and lots of good deals at the after-Christmas sales. ;^) Much love, Relyn

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you Deborah for these gentle reminders.. They are words to live by.. my best to you

Shelley said...

How quickly we often forget that the best things are often the 'small' packages. Thank you for the reminder to always appreciate everything that we are given or shown.

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