This being the season for gifts I've been searching for the perfect prize. Something special that would bring a smile to a loved one's face.
With every passing year it seems to become more of a challenge for me. I listen for clues throughout the year but often times by Christmas it has already been purchased.
Wrapping a few packages last evening it came to me that perhaps the greatest present I can give is my time.
For example this afternoon we gathered at Mom and Dad's. It has become a tradition in our family to take a Sunday afternoon in December to help decorate their tree . My brother strings the lights and makes certain they are in good working order. Then the rest of us help hang the ornaments and look for bare spots that need attention.
We usually have pizza and snacks and enjoy each other's company.
My folks are aging and their needs are not centered so much on things but on what truly matters...time. Time with family, time to remember, time to listen, and time for understanding.
I think my Christmas list will be easily finished now - I know what to give at last...my time!
Hope all of you find the perfect gift to give. God Bless!