“Why am I who I am today because of you and how is it that you, personally, have impacted me?” This is the question our son answered for each person in our family this year; his Christmas gift to us. Each long letter was printed on special paper and laminated. The letters included memories over the years of how what we chose to do or say, or how we chose to act, impacted his life. Several were stories I had forgotten or ones I didn’t know had made such an impact. Then he expressed his gratitude to us.
Although it was intended for family, the question he composed could be asked to everyone I meet. Each person I encounter shapes me in some way. Many times I don’t realize this impact until years later.
Gracious God, Please help me to express gratitude to others every day like the special gift my son gave to me this Christmas. Amen.