Monday, December 22, 2008

The feast of St. Nicholas

Gift giving goes back to the Feast of St. Nicholas. Gifts were given in secret. Now we proudly label every present with our name on colorful tags.

I really like the encouragement to give in secret. This is a way to remain humble.

I also draw from the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:3, 4 when he gives instruction on giving.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

I think if you are going to gift this time of year, maybe we should draw on the roots of this practice and give in secret.

I'm going to give presence this year. I want to receive the same.

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