Wiser it were to welcome and make ours
Whate’er of good, though small, the present brings, —
Kind greetings, sunshine, song of birds, and flowers,
With a child’s pure delight in little things. – R.C. Trench
Notice on Christmas morning or a young child’s birthday how the little boy or girl squeals with delight at the most unlikely present, or more often than not, a box or the ribbon a present comes in. If you think about it, we experience the same joy from the small surprises in our life. They brighten our day and fill our eyes with light. It’s the small things – the success we hadn’t counted on, the accolade we weren’t trying to obtain, the sound of a familiar tune in the midst of a dreary day, the glory of a sunset on our ride home from a tough day at work. These gifts and a thousand others are God’s free gifts.
As we meditate this morning, may we concentrate on the small gifts, the free gifts we can give to friends, family, and total strangers. A warm smile as we pass on the street, the phone call to a lonely friend, a heartfelt note of thanks, or a tender embrace given at an unlikely moment. These too are the gifts that add sweetness to the cup of life. They too are the free gifts of God.