Saturday, August 22, 2009

Please, Open your Present

I received the following piece early this morning from a dear, long-ago friend. Don't know its origin; or, if I'm the only one who's not seen it before. Still, I hope you'll agree that like a favorite song, this message bears repeating.

Nothing happens by accident.

If, one day when you wake up and find on your bed a beautifully wrapped present with delicate bows, you would open it -- even before washing your face -- curious about what is inside.

Maybe what you find inside is something you do not like very much. Then you put the box away, wondering what to do with the present.

But, if the next day you find another present you would open it also. This time you may find something inside that you like very much – a memory from someone who is far away … beautiful clothing ... the keys to a new car ..
or just a beautiful flower from somebody who remembered you.

This happens every day, but we do not realize it. Every day when we wake up there is before us a present send to us by God ..
a whole new day to use in the best possible way.

Sometimes it comes with problems, issues that we do not seem to be able to solve; Sometimes it comes with sadness, deception, even tears.
But other times it comes full of surprises, happiness, success and achievements.

What is important is that every day we receive a present, wrapped especially for us while we slept … the next day. We are presented this box with colored bows, no matter what the day brings.

Every new morning is a PRESENT.
It is not always what we wish or hope for, but is the best for us, what we need most, what we have to learn, what we need to grow.

Open your present every day, giving thanks first to the Creator who gave it to you, without thinking what is inside the box. If today you did not receive the present you wanted, wait for the next one… and appreciate what you received today.

May you have a day full of blessings in which you feel the loving presence of your Creator, and may the present of every day bring you peace, spiritual growth and enlightenment.


  1. This is beautiful. I have never read it before, so I'm so happy you shared it on Spiritual Sunday.
    God Bless,

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Great reminder for us to always be grateful for all these presents we get daily. And to learn to appreciate those that even when we don't like, we know it's for our good, for training our character. Blessings.

  3. what a beautiful post and thankyou for sharing this special gift with us

  4. This really puts things into itself is a gift that we often take for granted, yet it is a truly a gift...morning by morning, new mercies I see. Beautiful ...thanks for sharing. Have a blessed Sunday. Mary

  5. Every day is a gift; nice metaphor. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. love it! Thru my illness, I've come to realize this to be totally true. Like he contemplates every night as we sleep what to put upon our pillow for the next dawn. We wouldn't pick it out of the white elephant pile...but, he knows best. xox!

  7. It is so true that every day is a wonderful, gracious, gift from God. I'm just sitting here looking out at the beautiful sun and sky, thinking about getting ready to go gather with a large group of fellow believers to worship a God who loves us. Wow! How blessed and "gifted" we are. Another day!!!

  8. What a beautiful post.

    You are spot on-- every day is what we make of it and if we honestly believe that everything happens for a reason... then good or bad we can reflect and try to answer the question-- What was I suposed to learn from this?

    Thanks sooo very much!

    ♥ Claudia ♥

  9. Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes to us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” John Wayne

  10. What a wonderful way to describe God's gifts to us. We need to remember that he knows what we need and it is not always what we want. Thank you for sharing this with us today.

  11. What a wonderful post! I have read this before but it bears being read again! Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful week.


  12. This is a beautiful post and such a good reminder of how precious each day is...a

  13. You are right each day is a beautiful gift!


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