A Candle’s Light
SPIRITUAL WELLNESS – Connect to your spirit in ways that are meaningful to you; whether that’s through your place of worship, prayer or meditation.
It’s the Christmas season. The festivities of this season come with the frequent reminders to “give.” Whether it’s the bell-ringers standing near the entrances to businesses, food shelves in dire need for food for the hungry, toys for children from families having financial difficulties, or the gifts that are exchanged with family – Christmas is the season for giving.
For some it is a difficult season. Especially for those who are unable give from a place of abundance. Right now they may be in a temporary or long-term place of scarcity. Some may see giving from a zero-sum perspective: the more I give, the less I have. (These are the Scrooges.) Some people have experienced difficult losses during the year: a loved one, a job, their health. Giving after having so much taken away isn’t easy. But giving is always possible.
For don’t we all have something we can give? Gifts don’t always have to come all wrapped up in shiny paper topped with bows. What about counting among the gifts we can give: a smile to a stranger in passing, forgiveness to someone (which is just as much a gift to ourselves), volunteering to help a cause for the greater good, or simply talking to someone who is lonely.
The best thing I’ve given as I’ve been refined by age™ is to give myself to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; in essence to become his hands and feet during my short stay on this earth. He certainly was the best gift I have ever received.
“A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.” A Proverb
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
YouTube Video: I Give Myself Away by William McDowell