gifted. {five minute friday}

“She’s gifted,” her teachers said.  So they put her in special classes to learn faster and go further.  And she went faster, and then wondered, “now what?” because faster isn’t always better.


“He’s gifted in music,” they said.  And so he ran after the applause of the world and gained it sometimes, and wondered often what was real beyond the applause, and what meant more for always.


I didn’t care for that sweater/wall hanging/candle/kitchen gadget, so I re-gifted it at a white elephant party and got lots of laughs.


I’ve gifted this to you,” He said.  And I unwrap Light, and Life, and Forever in Love.  And this gift, nothing can take it away.


The pretty packages beneath our tree are all tied up with string, and the lights are twinkling in the branches above.  The candles are lit, and the ginger and chocolate and coffee and cinnamon aroma wafts from our kitchen.  The college boy is home and the little have a break from school, and we’re staying up late and laughing much.




But in a few days, the pretty paper will be a trail from room to room, the lights will be packed away, and the gifts given will either be oft-appreciated, or sadly, forgotten in a closet… or perhaps re-gifted themselves.  And when that which is temporary has passed, I want to hold tightly to the gift that is mine every minute, of every day, of all my years on this earth.  The love of my Savior-God, who gave all He had and all He was, to rescue me from my own folly.  The One who gives me that gift every time I forget it, and reminds me of what is real.


Merry Christmas, friend.  May you walk in your giftedness, as well.


Much love!


{On Fridays I try to keep up with a wonderful group of writers who challenge themselves to free-write for five minutes on a shared topic.  Click to Kate’s page Five Minute Friday to see what others are saying!


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