By Melodious Monk
I don’t often think about the Holy Spirit very much at Christmas time. We prepare through Advent for a small baby, for a Savior, asking God to prepare our hearts for him to come. But what about the other part of the Trinity? For with Jesus came also the Holy Spirit and his gifts to us. Through Jesus we are given wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord; the 7 gifts of the spirit. That’s a pretty emboldening list of credentials to put on a resume! Yet most of the time we are too arrogant, or are too prideful, or too self-sufficient, or too un-wanting to use these gifts of grace. Like Mary, we need no pre-requisites to receive the Trinity’s gifts this year. In faith, imagine if we all together say “yes” anew, how much good-tidings and good-cheer could be unleashed in our lives and the lives of others.