December 13

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As you shop for Christmas gifts and decorations, remember the real gift most people need from you is the gift of connection. The gift of patient and caring attention. While many of us get caught up in gift giving because we feel obligated to do so, remember how a really great gift is one that says, “I see you.”

Give a copy of a book that has meaning for you and ask the recipient for a coffee date later to share the book’s ideas. Write down a recipe and the story behind it. Try your hand at home-crafted decorations.

Offer this prayer as needed: Forgive us, Gracious One, if we hoard ourselves. We don’t know how big you are inside our clenched hearts.