Jackie Gingrich Cushman

In most cases, it's not so easy to spot our gifts or the ways in which we can be useful. Few of us have blinking noses to inform us that we may be useful "one foggy Christmas Eve." And so far, I have not heard Santa Claus call out to me, asking, "Jackie, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

But, as is the case with most stories, this story resonates because it reminds us of a fundamental truth in life.

We all have gifts given to us by God. They can be used by God for his purposes to touch others.

It's possible that the journey of life is to figure out our talents, hear God's call and put our gifts into the service of others.

But how to hear this call during such a frantic and busy time? Possibly with a moment of silence.

In the wake of last week's tragedy, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has requested a moment of silence Friday, Dec. 21, at 9:30 a.m. EST, a week after the shootings. "Let us all come together collectively to mourn the loss of far too many promising lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School...Though we will never know the full measure of sorrow experienced by these families, we can let them know that we stand with them during this difficult time," he said in a statement on his website.

A moment for us to say a prayer for those lost in the tragedy and for their families.

And possibly, if we are really still during this moment, or another during this special season, we will hear God whispering how to use the talents he's given us.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.