Opening the gift that is you!
I’m sure we can all remember receiving a gift. The feeling of excitement, or possibly apprehension about the unknowingness of the gift. Sometimes gifts come wrapped, but the wrapping is not the gift. Sometimes we need assistance in opening the gift.
Each of us is a unique gift package from God. We are a gift, first to ourselves and also to others. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). Are you willing to be given to others, to be a gift for others? Have you ‘really’ looked inside your wrappings? Are you afraid to? Could there be something inside the wrapping other than what you think there is? Maybe you’ve just never seen the wonderful gift that you are – how could God’s gift be anything but beautiful?
Gift discernment is a reflective process which helps people identify, understand, and affirm their unique gifts, with life-giving ways to grow, develop and share them, ‘to put them at the service of others’.
A parish gift discernment workshop is being held on Saturday 5th May. This workshop offers time for reflection and discovery that will help you to begin to open your own gift package, and find your gifts for abundant living and service in God’s creative action in the world.
Debbie Matheson, Lay Pastoral Leader
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