Image by Scott Samuelson, printed by Anise Press

The presents are under the Christmas tree. The neat stacks of crazy shapes and sizes wrapped in the cutest paper make me smile. I loved planning for these gifts, and I loved wrapping them. I love seeing them waiting in all their colorful glory, and I will love watching my family open them tomorrow.

I’m thinking about other gifts this morning, gifts like love, faith, hope. Sometimes I feel like those gifts have been given to me, but I don’t open them. I don’t access the power and peace in them. I resist the change they offer. I’m inspired by the idea of being a good and grateful receiver, and this year, I’m hoping to open and enjoy every gift I have received.

Image carved by Scott Samuelson, printed by Anise Press.



  1. Loni says:

    Very wise. Indeed. And, I love Scott’s image. He’s so very talented, as are you.

  2. Melissa T. says:

    I love everything about this post! The thoughts that you provoke, the image, and the timing. Merry Christmas!

  3. jennifer says:

    I hope you had the merriest of days. Thank you for these thoughts. Something I definitely needed to be reminded of.


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