29 Gifts, Day Eight: A Card and a Prayer
May 8th, 2011
As today is Mother’s Day, coming up with a gift wasn’t hard — what was hard was convincing myself that the card I gave my mother was “enough” to count as a gift. After all, I would have given her a card today regardless of whether I was participating in the 29 Gifts challenge.
After dithering about this for a few minutes, though, I let it go. The point of the month of giving is to give (duh) and to do so joyfully and with an open heart. If your gift happens to be for a pre-defined occasion, that’s perfectly fine!
I was also the worship leader at church today, responsible for writing an opening prayer. I wrote it as a sort of poetic list of things to give thanks for, modeled on my vision of my relationship with my mom and the one I’m trying to build with my kids. And while it didn’t begin as a gift to my mother, the more I worked on it and revised it, the more it became one! Here ’tis: