A Time of Giving

Christmas is known as a time of giving.

When thinking about it, most people concentrate on the material gifts that are exchanged at this time each and every year. Does it matter what the size of the gift or the price of the gift is?

Bigger is not better!

How did Christmas, a celebration of life, family and miracles, become so commercialized and impersonal?

What happened to the simple joy of being with family and/or friends?

What happened to making gifts?

Where is the true Spirit of Christmas?

A basic need of the heart cannot be met with big or expensive gifts.

This basic need can only be met by feeling wanted, needed or cared about in a true way. This helps to keep the heart open no matter what the circumstance may be.

When this basic need is not met, the heart can close and grow cold from feeling forgotten, overlooked or invisible. From feeling a lack of worth, grief, bitterness, regret and hurt, a wall is built around the heart, not letting anything or anyone in.

The key to the heart is simple…. it is love.

As it is said in the movie Frozen……”love can thaw a frozen heart”.

Love can be shown through caring, kindness and simple gestures such as a smile. We see what love can do in the many Christmas movies that have been made which I have been watching night after night for the past week. The Grinch is a perfect example.

Do you know this old saying?

“It is better to give than to receive.”

What this saying does not tell you is that when you give, you also receive. Not talking about matters of material objects but about matters of the heart.

No matter how small it may seem, one act of caring or kindness can make the difference in someone else’s life as well as your own. The love you show is not only felt by the person you are giving to but it is also felt by you.

The greatest gift in the Universe is love.

It’s God’s ultimate gift to each and everyone one of us, each and every day.

We should all follow his example by making it part of our daily lives.

We need to make every day….all year long, the time of giving and “for-giving”.

Give from the heart!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Hands.Hearts

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