Wednesday, December 29, 2010

gifts

You probably know the story of Della and Jim, young and in love and poor, seeking just the right gift for each other. She makes a great sacrifice to get him something perfect and he does the same. The result is not what either intended, but much greater because the love behind the actions shines brightly through them. We've arrived at the time of Christmas when the stardust has settled and what remains are gifts that don't fit in a stocking. Things that aren't limited to a single season in life and are available in abundance any time we choose to give them away: kindness, friendship, laughter, generosity, grace, love. And the greatest of these is love.

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