Gifts to the
By Shannon Parish
delighted, I watched the diamond- like bursts of color and light sparkle and
gleam as they traveled across our living room wall and ceiling. Hour upon
hour, I would sit on the sofa and watch as our silver, aluminum tree quietly
rotated, bathed in color from the color-wheel set against the far wall.
some reason, the Holidays stirred wistful emotions and dreams as I prayed
silently in my heart about what my future might be. Whether it was dreaming
about boys and promised love, or self worth and identity, the Christmas tree
spoke of promises and future destiny to the young girl I once was.
tiny babe wrapped in the manger a long time ago spoke also of these heart felt
yearnings. Bringing Himself as a spotless, priceless gift to humanity, His
life and presence on this Earth spoke of the greatest gift there was. The
gift of love, purpose, hope and destiny.
did not recognize Him for who and what He was. They passed by and paid no
attention to the plainly wrapped bundle in the poor woman's arms. Who
could have imagined the impact this gift from God to His Beloved would bring?
this Christmas season, we press through crowds and panic attacks to purchase
meaningless gifts with money that we often do not possess, that will not change
lives, nor heal wounded hearts. Yet we overlook the greatest gifts
of all and regard them carelessly as insignificant and useless. The gifts
I speak of are those which lie sleeping inside of us, periodically causing our
hearts to beat with passion and yearning. But, because of our careless
considerations of those gifts within ourselves, we turn away from the most
cherished blessing of all that the tiny babe brought on that night so long ago.
promised us life, and life more abundantly. However, if you consider your
thoughts, actions and attitudes during this past year, can you say that you have
partaken of that life abundance? Not only have I said it with my own
mouth, I've heard others wail that life was not fulfilling and their self worth
was non existent. Their identities lay in the works and words of other
people, not in who they were - so their hearts cried out in anguish for
something that they thought they had lost.
gifts I speak of are the talents and abilities that reside in each one of us.
Not a person on this Earth is without a gift of life from the Father, to the
Beloved. Our gifts are like the proverbial candle that is not to be hidden
under a bushel, but brought to the lamp stand where all can bathe in its glow
somebody what they wish they could do in life, and you will more often than not
get an answer that is colored in frustration and despair. The person will
say, "I have no gifting, or abilities, and I have no clue what I'd really
like to do." But if you could read the heart and the mind, I'll wager
that even as they speak, something has come to mind that is so precious, that
they dare not speak of it for fear of being ridiculed or shamed..
the people in Old Bethlehem who passed by the humble father, his bride and their
tiny baby boy without considering the value of the gift in their presence, we
ignore that tiny gift of hope inside our own breast. Our gifts are not for
us to hide in secret and grief, but to be shared with all, as an extravagant
expression of our Heavenly Father's love.
gift of hospitality may have been judged useless by you and other thoughtless
people, but in the eyes of God, it is His tender touch to His children and
little lost lambs. Your gift of humor and encouragement brings hope and
joy to those who have become overburdened and filled with despair. Your
gift of organization brings order and purpose, and your gift of teaching brings
vision. Do not despair or grieve over what you have not lost.
Rather, take a step of faith and do that which you yearn to do. Expressing
your love to your Heavenly Father through that which makes you, you, is the
greatest gift of all as it brings completion and life abundant to the Body of
Christ - the Hope of the World.
Gift to HIM is His gift to us, returned as an expression of joy.
"And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground ....."
"... For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have
not hide what has been entrusted to you, just because it came easily to you.
What you have, use, and more will be given to you.)
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
Therefore He says:
"When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to
A Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator and Creative Life
Coach, Shannon Parish devotes her life
to encouraging those who are fed up with the 'status-quo' and are determined
and pursue their purpose and destiny in life through one-on-one mentoring,
facilitated workshops and retreats.
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