“Be ready at all times for the gifts of God. And always for new ones.” ~ Meister Eckhart
Gifts are on our minds during Advent. We are considering the greatest gift ever given, the gift of Christ. We are thankful for the new gifts of God that every day brings. And we honor traditions of giving gifts to others. We choose gifts for those we love very carefully. One of my favorite poets writes this:
Star Giving, by Anne Weems from “Kneeling in Bethlehem”
What I’d really like to give you for Christmas
Is a Star . . .
Brilliance in a package,
Something you could keep in the
pocket of your jeans
Or in the pocket of your being,
Something to take out in times of darkness,
Something that would never snuff
out or tarnish,
Something you could hold in your hand,
Something for wonderment,
Something for pondering,
Something that would remind you of
What Christmas has always meant:
God’s Advent Light into the
Darkness of this world.
But Stars are only God’s for giving,
And I must be content to give you words and wishes and\
Packages without Stars.
But I can wish you Life
As radiant as the Star
That announced the Christ Child’s coming,
And as filled with awe as the
Shepherds who stood
Beneath its Light,
And I can pass on to you the Love
That has been given to me,
Ignited countless time by others
Who have knelt in Bethlehem’s Light.
Perhaps, if you ask, God will give
you a Star.