by Jenny Beatrice, Pallottine Communications Director
But, at the moment of exchange, the joy for both giver and receiver can instantly easily erase any feelings of hesitation over being graced with such an undeserved, unimaginable gift that we didn’t know we wanted and now can’t imagine being without.
Did you ever notice when making your gift list that you can divide the recipients into two categories? There are those who will tell you exactly what they would like to ﬁnd under the tree and those who prefer the element of surprise.
The most forward of the lot aren’t necessarily a greedy sort. They have our best interests at heart, helping us to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure by telling us which items will be put to good use and thoroughly enjoyed. And for this courtesy, my practical side is most grateful.
My adventurous side gravitates toward those who leave the gift process to mystery. Ahh, the risk! Yes, there is a chance it may not ﬁt, that he or she may already have it or that it could be totally oﬀ-base. But the worst gifts make for some of the best holiday memories, such as the infamous mystery package from a relative that resulted in my husband modeling a lumberjack style vest while holding up a bottle of Old Spice.
And, yes, someone may go through a lot of time and trouble (of which we feel we are not worthy) to come up with the perfect gift for us. But, at the moment of exchange, the joy for both giver and receiver can instantly easily erase any feelings of hesitation over being graced with such an undeserved, unimaginable gift that we didn’t know we wanted and now can’t imagine being without.
As I practice waiting this Advent, I ﬁnd myself in both camps. The comfort of tradition is certain to bring me to a holy place ﬁlled with warm memories and gratitude for my blessings. It renews my sense of urgency to share Christ’s presence by helping those in need in a most practical of ways. And, like a wide-eyed child, I am also ﬁlled with excitement and hope of the mystery of God’s limitless love and grace.
For me, there is no one without the other, and I wouldn’t ask for it any other way.