Text: Luke 2:22-40
Receiving is not easy for me. By nature and profession, I am a giver. Giving is what I do best—whether it is giving of myself to another or to a cause; or giving comfort or my time or my resources to people in need; or just giving something tangible to someone I love. Beyond my own proclivity to be a giver, it would be so that I pastor a church full of givers. It is, in part, why I love you people so much. You see a need and you give—of your self, and of your time, and of your resources.
For many of us givers, receiving makes us uncomfortable, even a bit itchy. I don’t exactly know why that is but I’m sure there is a diagnosis for this condition. The psychologists, therapists, and counselors in the room are probably diagnosing as I speak. Maybe receiving makes us feel out of control. Or maybe we don’t feel worthy of receiving something good. Or it is possible that receiving leaves us feeling obligated to something or someone else in a way that we don’t like. But for many of us, receiving graciously is a challenge. [Read more…]