Gifts You Can Offer

Offering Gifts video screenshot - water on rocks

Consider that you are a person brimming with gifts. Do you dare offer them to a world always in need of love and wisdom? Allow yourself to identify what you have to give.

  • You can offer the gift of experience—all you have learned by doing, and some things you’ve learned the hard way.
  • You can offer the gift of listening—whether or not you have anything to say.
  • You can offer the gift of creativity—whatever you do well and joyfully.
  • You can offer the gift of silence—when the world is crazy with noise.
  • You can offer the gift of words—when others need to hear hope and common sense.
  • You can offer the gift of your presence—when someone else needs a person close by.
  • You can offer the gift of your witness—when a story needs to be remembered and told.
  • You can offer the gift of forgiveness—when there’s no way a person can make up for what’s happened.
  • You can offer the gift of hospitality—because everyone needs to sit down to a good meal and a comfy bed.
  • You can offer the gift of laughter—because the world needs a lot of that.
  • You can offer the gift of prayer—because the world needs that even more.

Enjoy a video version of this reflection:

About Vinita Hampton Wright 184 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

6 Comments on Gifts You Can Offer

  1. Thank YOU for sharing your gifts in a simple but deep & rich reflection. I too look forward to reading your words. The flowing water gives a wonderful visible image to hold

  2. A lovely reminder of the simple gifts within each of us that, when shared, can have such positive impact on others. Thank you Vinita.

  3. Thank you for sharing your gifts of prayer, wisdom, reflection and written expression! I always look forward to reading your messages of renewal.

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