Free Gifts

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.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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