Wednesday letters: There’s no better gift than love

December 25, 2013 

— What better gift is there to give for Christmas than love? Sounds easy, right? But what happens when we’re afraid to love?

Our culture encourages selfishness, not selflessness. In addition, we are taught that what is easiest is best. Fear is certainly much easier than love. Sadly, the first victim of our inability to love is ourselves.

And we are certainly encouraged to hate ourselves, aren’t we? Everywhere we turn the media mocks us for thinking we can be content with what we have and for not craving more and more. Those who seek only an excess of love are rather vigorously pushed to one side.

The corrective? It’s called “spirituality”, something that Madison Avenue cannot sway. It’s not “religion” necessarily, but simply the realization that we need each other. We are more than just our physical bodies. We are connected, whether we like it or not. Our identity and our wholeness both lie in community. It is in this environment, where we think of “we” and not “me”, that we can experience the joyful mystery of receiving more love the more we give it away. Merry Christmas.

Tim Mueller

Columbia

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