Gift Received, Gift Given in Return

“Today, as we celebrate the Father’s gift to himself of his everlasting Word and the Father’s gift to us of that same Word in Jesus Christ, as we celebrate the unimaginable flowing forth of joy, generosity, and compassion, all we can do in response is expose ourselves to the shock of it, allow ourselves to be opened by it, and, stumblingly, make such gestures as we can of generous, joyful love.”

The Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury


With what fresh eyes will you notice the overflowing of love that daily God bestows upon you?  How will you let the miracle of Jesus’ birth open you to responding to the needs of this broken world with the love you have recieved as a gift from God this day?


The gifts of your actions do not need to be perfectly wrapped gifts with beautifully tied bows.  The love you give is enough.  Do not hesitate to give that gift for fear of rejection, or because you do not think it worthy enough to be given.  Every small bit counts, every small simple and even “stumblingly” given gift of love matters.


Today we have been given the greatest Christmas present God could give.  What will we do with that gift and how will we respond to this outpouring of love?


Merry Christmas.



About matthewhanisian

Associate Rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
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