Covid-19 pushed the IRS to move Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. The state of Mississippi is giving us until May 15. No matter the date, the government is going to get its due. Our financial situation of 2019 seems so long ago in the midst of so much uncertainty in 2020. But taxes do remind us of the gift of work and financial resources.
Gardens and lawns speak to us as gifts as well. Soil, rain, seed, and sun are expressions of God’s provision and grace. There is work to be done, but the fundamentals are gifts. I have noticed so many expressions of gifts these days.
A duo from the Chicago Symphony shared a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Andrew Lloyd Webber was live on Facebook sharing music and inviting anyone to sing along. Then, I ran across Neil Sedaka sharing some of his greatest hits. He will be remembered by older Baby Boomers. To be honest, I kind of thought he was dead. People offering what they have to give.
We cannot begin to adequately recognize the tireless work of healthcare workers and officials in the midst of this frightening disease. Thank you to all of the essential workers in our grocery stores, trucks, and other places of service. All are gifts.
May we see them and receive them as the gifts they are. Gifts that are rooted in a giving and creative God.