Nothing To Covet

By Theresa                                                                                                             Hermits of St. Giles

On New Year’s Eve, I attended an Event at my Church. There was a Grab Bag that everyone contributed to by buying a Gift worth $10 to $20, wrapping it, and then placing it in a Bag. By drawing Numbers, everyone got to pick a Gift. BUT… the catch was that whatever Gift you picked, if you didn’t like it, you could STEAL the Gift of whomever came before you. Well, needless to say, in a well to do neighborhood such as that one, the Gifts were quite nice. Yet most people who drew their Gift were Not satisfied with it and chose to Steal someone’s else’s Gift.

Long Story Short – the Gift I selected an unwrapped was a simple plastic flower, probably not worth more than $1. People thought that maybe it was a solar dancing flower that activated in Sunlight or something. Others thought maybe it glowed in the dark. But it did none of those things at all. It was just a simple, plastic flower.

So, the drawing of numbers continued. The Point was that No One, Not One Person, coveted that simple flower. No one desired to Steal it. No One saw its worth. It was meant for me…to remind me of the simplicity and humility with which to conduct my life. To act as a symbol of non-Attachment and non-Possessiveness. To live so empty of all vain pleasures that no one would envy or covet anything they saw in me personally, or in my home, or life, or even notice, unless to do so would bring glory and praise to God.

That flower is now on my Altar as a Reminder of God’s Gift to me that night.


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