We all like to receive gifts and like to give them as well. Think of how you choose the gift you want to give. Do you love the receiver or are you giving because it is expected and the receiver means nothing to you? Now take a big jump. Where does your life come from, or your gifts and talents, your virtues? Yes, it all comes from God. We can take credit for accepting these gifts and developing them, of course; we can take credit for many good things in our life. But ultimately, our very life and everything in it is because of God’s good pleasure. “God’s good pleasure?” you ask. Yes, and that is just another name for God’s love. God’s love for you! And God doesn’t even have to stop and think before you are gifted. God just loves you.
By Stefanie Weisgram, OSB