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.