Unwrapping the "Present" - Christmas Mystery

Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorite animated films of all time.
When Master Oogway imparted this Galapagos Tortoise wisdom upon Master Shifu, you could have heard a pin drop.

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.
That is why it is called The Present."

Are we present for the gift of the present? Are we available, focused, and receiving of the moments given to us? So many times our fast and furious lives are nowhere near the present. Today is the gift, but how often do I spend my moments worrying about the past or planning for the future? How often do I find myself not even mentally in the same room with my precious gift?

Our lives are extraordinary gifts. Each breath is a gift. The opportunity to work with individuals with ALS keeps me grounded in this truth. No one can give first. We must remember we take every moment of every day. We draw a breath and take it in. We can give nothing until first we take. Gratitude must be primary.

It is Christmas. Mystery lies inside the unopened present. There is excitement and potential and expectation. We feel the giver’s generosity, but no joy is shared until that beautiful ribbon is untied and the box opened. Then what? Have you ever been on the side of the giver when a gift was not well received?
We find no joy in this moment.

It takes humility to open a gift, receive it, and accept it. There is a mysterious circle of joy that results from the unity between a generous giver and a grateful receiver.

This is the mystery of Christmas.
Creator of the Universe, the Giver, presents to us the Present.
Will we be there to receive it? Are we still,
open, and humble enough?

omplete His circle of joy and accept His Gift this Christmas.
Unity through Humility.

Wishing you all the many blessings that come with everyday we choose to live in and with the Present. Merry Christmas.

Michele, Dave, AJ, Kyle, and Joshua
Jesus said,
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
                                                                                                John 16:22