The Gift List

Throughout my childhood growing up in a small town, I would be so excited when the Sears Wish Book arrived in the mail. I would spend hours flipping through the catalogue pages to the point some became dog-eared. I always wrote a Christmas wish list. Each year, this included a daughter’s pride ring, which I never received. Receiving this particular gift always felt important for a reason I could not identify. Two years after my grandmother had passed away, I was gifted her high school ring by my grandfather and aunt, a cherished family heirloom (her graduation occurred in 1921). A childhood wish uniquely granted; a gift that could never be mass-produced and holds unending love.

God’s gift of grace and forgiveness is given to us freely with no conditions, deed requirements, and monetary commitments. God asks us to share our gifts, listen to the hurting, help carry the burden and to provide our love and care to one another.

God listens and cares for us, and answers our prayers immediately. How unique! Always be ready for that gentle nudge and small voice.

Caring God, guide us to lovingly share our unique gifts. Amen. — MAW

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Throughout my childhood growing up in a small town, I would be so excited when the Sears Wish Book arrived in the mail. I would spend hours flipping through the catalogue pages to the point some became dog-eared. I always wrote a Christmas wish list. Each year, this included a daughter's pride ring, which I never received. Receiving this particular gift always felt important for a reason I could not identify. Two years after my grandmother had passed away, I was gifted her high school ring by my grandfather and aunt, a cherished family heirloom (her graduation occurred in 1921). A childhood wish uniquely granted; a gift that could never be mass-produced and holds unending love. God's gift of grace and forgiveness is given to us freely with no conditions, deed requirements, and monetary commitments. God asks us to share our gifts, listen to the hurting, help carry the burden and to provide our love and care to one another. God listens and cares for us, and answers our prayers immediately. How unique! Always be ready for that gentle nudge and small voice.