AND Gifts Come in Many Forms

December 21st, 2014

The hustle and bustle of the season is in full swing. In northern climates, snow graces the mountains, hills, and lawns with a peaceful blanket white. People are rushing around trying to get meals planned, supplies gathered, and homes decorated. Workers are busily trying to clean off desks in order to get away for a few days or weeks. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or any other holiday, this is the time to share with others the beauty and message of the season.

And in the midst of this flurry of activity, a story on the news grabbed my attention last week. A child in Utah, named Addie, may not see another Christmas after this one. She is six years old and her weight has dwindled to 23 pounds. She remains undiagnosed. Her family has requested that people send Addie enough cards this year to fill a lifetime of Christmases. And other children and adults are responding with cards and pictures.

One tiny voice. One small request. An opportunity for the rest of us to pause our hectic lives to send a child a card. It seems like such a small ask. AND what struck me about the request is the beauty of the intention. To give a child all the love and light she might hold in her tiny hands to know that people care about and want to include her in their holiday wishes seems a gift to all who pause to do so.

The request is a gift. It is a reminder that every light and every life matters, that small gestures can change a life, and that the real meaning of the holiday is carried in the singular act of kindness, not the commercial shopping spree. It reminds us of the gift of one asking for help, the gift of giving help, and the gift of receiving.

Whatever holiday you celebrate this season, may you find peace and joy. AND may you know that you light matters and gift others with the knowledge that theirs does as well. Because gifts come in many forms.

Merry Christmas         Happy Kwanza           Happy Hanukkah

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