This week I’m thinking about getting gifts…

How are you about getting gifts? Are you a gracious gift receiver? Or are you a bit embarrassed when you are gifted something.

I think most of us are better about receiving gifts when we are younger — after all, as children we are used to receiving.

But as we get older, do we get worse at receiving gifts? It seems to me that over the years I have gotten worse about receiving and much more comfortable with giving. Maybe there comes a time when we learn to receive again, but I haven’t hit that moment.

Of course, there are those who are forever and always wonderful gift receivers. The ones who remember to say thank you, the ones who remember to say how well they have used your gift over time. But I wonder if most of us “adults” are pretty darn uncomfortable with getting gifts.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8

It is no surprise to me, then, that we aren’t very good at receiving the gifts of this season; that we rarely sit and wonder at this gift of love and light that comes to us in Christ. Instead, we turn around — too quickly, I might add — and say, “Now I must give as God has given!” and we are off to the races. Perhaps we have become so accustomed to being the “gifter” or so uncomfortable with being the “giftee” that we want to get past the receiving the gift and get right back to where we are comfortable.

Presiding Bishop Eaton’s (she’s the grand poo-bah of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American) Christmas message came out this week and she talked about finding a space to be with God in this season. I agree! Can you and I be uncomfortable long enough to really receive the gift of this season? And, perhaps by practicing it now, we can learn to be better receivers of God’s gifts in the future. To really revel in them.

Merry Christmas, THursdayTHoughters. May you received the gift of Christ this year!

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