Gifts of the Season

RE News by Joanne Dingus

I think it’s always a good idea to take a little time at the end of the year to reflect. In doing so, I wanted to share some of the gifts of the season that I witnessed here at the Fellowship.

I saw the gift of time given freely. In a hectic season when every minute was scheduled and counted and there wasn’t a spare moment in sight, people volunteered, shared their talents and showed up when it would have been much easier not to.

May we express our thanks to those who gave their time freely.

I saw the gift of guidance. Volunteer teachers and leaders in the children and adult RE programs prepared lessons, facilitated discussions and taught new skills in Sunday morning classes, evening classes and at the Festival of the Season.

May we express our thanks to those who provided guidance to others.

I saw the gift of self-expression. Our children and youth shared their many talents with us this season. They performed in plays and music at the multigenerational service, Christmas Eve services and UU Winds. For some this was the first time in front of an audience. Some were nervous and scared and yet they pushed through.

May we express our thanks to those who had the courage to express themselves creatively this season.

I saw the gift of kindness. An older brother helping a younger brother with his lines. An adult keeping a child safe from candles and hot wax. Adults and children shaking hands to greet each other. Laps open for those children whose parents were needed elsewhere.

May we be thankful for the many gifts of kindness.

I saw joy in the gift of giving. The RE-Gift store gave our members a chance to donate, recycle, give and receive.  When we brought the store to the Boys and Girls Club, I witnessed the excitement and joy of the children as they carefully chose things to give to others.

May we be thankful for the joy that giving brings.

And may we remember to extend the season of gifts throughout the year.

See you in the RE!

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2 Responses to Gifts of the Season

  1. Lehni Lebert says:

    Joanne, this is lovely and brought tender tears to my eyes.

  2. Lydia Disney says:

    Joanne, thank you for sharing this recognition. Lydia Disnety


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