On Epiphany in church, we remembered the Kings arriving to worship Jesus. They presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh,
Our worship that day called us to identify our own and others’ giftedness. In just a few minutes of reflecting, while Alice sang “Los magos que llegaron a Belen” (The Magi Who to Bethlehem Did Go), the people in worship wrote down over 500 gifts they recognized in others in our church community.
And that’s not counting any of the 5 gifts we asked them to identify in themselves. Though just the tip of the iceberg, think how much giftedness that signifies there is in our community. (Michael is only about halfway through the individual messages he promised to write to people, telling them all the gifts that others have named… he’s still working on getting everyone messaged!) The gifts of God to the people of God, and through them, as we go out in service, to the whole world…
A few people mentioned that it was hard without much time or forethought to think of all the gifts that could be listed. Others, hearing what we did in worship, wished they had been present.
So we have created an “Everyone Is Gifted” collection tool, an on-line way for you to continue on in this spiritual exercise. Simply click on the link to keep naming people’s gifts. It could almost become a way to say thank-you as well as to lift people up!
Michael will keep passing on the good news (unedited — he tells people what others have said their gifts are — and some of them were sort of surprising, even daring — but he doesn’t say who identified the gift), so that Old First might truly become a community that helps people identify, nurture and put to good use the many gifts that God has given us.
And we pray that in your own prayers, you will continue to reflect on your gifts (as well on the giftedness of others) — both the ones you recognize and the ones that others recognize in you. May you make the most of that which God has given you and let your light shine…