thoughts on giving, thanks

coming into focusGiving thanks is part of a pervasive human activity: gift exchange.  …  So important is the pattern of give, receive, give back that some thinkers identify it as crucial for holding societies together. People who knit interconnections via gift exchanges create more stable communities than those whose only glue is external rules.

Ours is an age dominated by the contract not the gift.  Contracts are engaged only when specific mutual benefits can be identified.  Once the specified exchange is completed, the relationship ends.  The gift and gratitude context, by contrast, assumes asymmetry and continuation. – Raymond Boisvert

This brief reflection changed my (thanksgiving) day. That dance of grateful joy – giving, receiving, giving back – is a reflection of the Trinity that Richard Rohr is introducing to me. An understanding of ‘god’ as a solitary, all powerful, all complete, separate being is just not big enough to express the mystery of love. It takes the dance of Trinity to help me see. It takes the dance of relationship – of giving and receiving and giving again – the very heart of the Trinity – to help me understand.

[photo by Adam Baker per cc 2.0]

One thought on “thoughts on giving, thanks

  1. I really liked this… I am especially interested in your evolving thoughts about God as larger than an all powerful separate being and how that connects with the Trinity.

    Discussions ahead…

    Brenda

    From: Quiet Hope <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Quiet Hope <comment+l6xib5_b-m-l2tb2i8b_yh4@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:24:07 +0000 To: Brenda <brenda.mccoy@unt.edu> Subject: [New post] thoughts on giving, thanks

    celia posted: “Giving thanks is part of a pervasive human activity: gift exchange. … So important is the pattern of give, receive, give back that some thinkers identify it as crucial for holding societies together. People who knit interconnections via gift exchanges”

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