To receive is one of the hardest acts of will.  It means not only to accept what is being given, but it carries the burden of understanding that our needs or wants or desires are entrusted to someone else.  To receive is vulnerability by choice.  It acknowledges both the giver and the gift.  If one only accepts the gift then we remove the dignity of the one who gave… it is selfishness and is not receiving.  If we only acknowledge the giver, but not the gift, then we cheapen the motivation for giving…  and again we do not receive.  It is too easy to hide behind the veil of non-acceptance of a gift.  We can say with our mouths thank you, but to truly accept and receive a gift is very difficult. 

To me it’s always easier to give because it’s almost impossible to acknowledge that I both need and want… and that someone, especially God might actually meet me there.  But I suppose that the truth is in the cliché that one cannot truly give, unless they can receive…

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