A gift for today – Boxing Day

On 26th December, Boxing Day is celebrated across the UK, except in Scotland, where New Year or Hogmanay is a much bigger event.

The name traces back to the custom of giving gifts to people in need, though today, it is often dominated by the start of the Winter Sales…

My Christmas present this year was Gideon Heugh’s new book of poems, Naming God. And this short poem feels appropriate at this end of the year.

BOXES

Proudly, I brought before God
a box of accomplishment–years in the making.
But on the divine countenance I saw
only a look of pity, and exasperation
(not, however, without love).
I was told to put my effort aside,
then was given another box.
‘How many times do I need to tell you?
You are meant to fill it with life!’

+ Gideon Heugh, from Naming God, 2023

Whatever you are doing today, may you fill it with life.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿