Well, it's here: Year 2017. Christmas Day 2016 came and went. The presents were bought, the gifts were wrapped, the packages were opened, and the trimmings were thrown away. We scurried, we hustled, we busied ourselves. We drove ourselves (and others) crazy.
"None of it is needed," he softly stated to me. "You know, none of it is needed."
I thought about what he just said: "None of it is needed." We are blessed and definitely have more material things than we need. Our presents often just represent "stuff"; "stuff" that is really not needed. Once the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing are met, the rest of it is just "stuff".
Christmas gifts are a sign of our love for one another, but also a way to celebrate the gift of salvation that we received from God through Jesus. Our presence to one another and to Jesus is a more suitable gift than the presents we give to one another, and declutters us of the "stuff" that we accumulate over time.
As this new year begins, I ask myself, are there parts of me where "none of it is needed?"
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."