Although our liturgies do not celebrate the three wise men and their gifts until after the Christ Child arrives, Advent is quite an appropriate time to reflect on our individual gifts. You are equipped to give to the world what no other person can give: yourself. Your presence, your history, your longings, your memories, your abilities—all of these make up the gift of your entire life. I believe that, in God’s eyes, this life of yours is your best and holiest gift. It is what you bring to the Christ Child.
Allow yourself to dwell on just how gifted you are:
- What experiences and memories have equipped you for the life you’re living now and for the love you can now express?
- What skills have you developed that you can now offer freely? (Any skills count: caring for an infant, cooking a meal, working on someone’s taxes, building or remodeling, writing or painting or photographing, counseling and listening, sitting with people who are in pain, adding fun energy to a room, etc.)
- What personality traits are especially useful as you walk through a day and spend time with others? (easy to talk to, a good listener, good at analyzing things, problem solver, good empathizer, can organize a room or a project, can help people laugh, etc.)
- What spiritual qualities can you offer to God, to loved ones, even to strangers and other pilgrims? (nonjudgmental, intuitive, can pray easily, good at friendship, can spend time in contemplation or petition or gratitude, able to tell healing stories, able to absorb the wisdom of Scripture, etc.)
Spend time contemplating your great giftedness, thanking God for it, and opening yourself to possibilities of how to share your gifts.