“Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the Lord.”
Thunderstorms are so sensory.
The low rumble-grumble, the dramatic skies, the patter-smatter of raindrops to thirsty earth.
The sights and sounds of the land being replenished, the evidence of the global water cycle in action, the connection to something so much bigger than we – gifts, all.
As are the ears and eyes to enjoy them with.
Oh, they may not be as glittery as jewelry. As deep-inhale-gasp inducing as the latest tech. As giggle worthy as toys or entertainment gadgets. They won’t be wrapped in festive paper, or flourished with bows.
But they are profound, thoughtful, and practical gifts.
What else is under your Christmas tree that you haven’t opened?
Or – you’ve opened it and tossed it out with the wrapping paper because you didn’t recognize it as a gift?
Perhaps it is clean water. Fresh coffee every morning. A furnace in cold weather. The ability to feel a hug. Frosty mornings. The sunrise. Safety. Employment. Hands with fingers to create beautiful things with. The hug from a son, the grin of a daughter, the laughter in a kitchen, the love of a friend.
All from the hand of the Giver.
Christmas is a very good time to count gifts – true gifts – is it not?
And a very good time to give good gifts to others, to enrich their lives with what is truly important.
Use your eyes to see more of these gifts under the Christmas tree with me?
Father, we get so material this time of year. Our economy lies to us, tells us that only store-bought gifts are real gifts. Remind us of all the gifts You constantly give to us – and of the gifts we can give to each other that have very little to do with bows and price tags. Amen.