The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves. St. Nicholas of Myra
Meditation: St. Nicholas is an archaic role model of joyful giving. Sometimes we are being taught that sharing and giving has to be “selfless” and a form of “sacrificing”. St. Nicholas teaches us instead that giving is about mimicking God’s ways of giving. He invites us to reach deep into our heart where God’s generosity, grace and our trust in God abide. And when we reach that blessed and happy place within us, then our heart will overflow, and we will feel happy to give. This movement away from forced or sacrificial giving to joyful and happy giving is a gift. It is not something we can reach by ourselves. Genuine generosity and joyful sharing always come from God and from us mimicking God’s grace. We give thanks for all those Saints who went before us and who inspire us and our young next generation what it means to give happily.
Prayer: Thank You, God, that You do not force us to share or give. You want us to give from our hearts, not from our heads. You caution us not to sacrifice or behave “self-less” if we feel unhappy or forced. Grace and abundance thrive when from the freedom of our hearts and from the experience of having received generously, we are happy to give. God, center us in this Advent season. Let us reach into our hearts where Your love, grace and generosity abide. Help us to happily mimic You in this giving season. Amen
Each one of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give. You should not give if it makes you unhappy or if you feel forced to give. God loves those who are happy to give. 2. Corinthians 9:7