"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.