Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

Of Bonus Time and Baked Potatoes

November 1, 2013


On my way to an appointment this morning, I was thinking about how most of us have escaped serious injury or death at least once in our lives.

• One friend told me that her car spun around on a busy L.A. highway; she braced herself for impact and thought, This is it, but when she opened her eyes, all the cars behind her had miraculously stopped in time.

• Another friend of mine was standing in his yard when he was shot by (more…)

The Sweet and the Bitter

April 11, 2013


In the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence, a kitchen worker in a seventeenth-century Paris monastery, wrote of the peace that comes from viewing everything in life as a gift from God.

God knoweth best what is needful for us, and all that He does is for our good. If we knew how much He loves us, we should always be ready to receive equally and with indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter. All would please that came from Him.

Indeed, all it takes is a shift of (more…)

From Rubbish to Rubies

February 12, 2012


After being handed the Grammy tonight for Album of the Year, Adele, who ended up with six Grammys on the night, said:

This record is inspired by something that is really no more, and everyone’s been through it: a rubbish relationship.

Adele’s trash-to-treasure turnaround may be more dramatic than yours or mine, but there’s a valuable lesson embedded in her words that apply to everyone. All of us can look back at any kind of painful loss and see now that (more…)

Santa’s Helpers Pay Away the Layaway

December 21, 2011

If you’d like to help out families who are truly in need this Christmas season, here’s a creative and wonderful way to do it. Christmas is all about kids, and I can almost feel the joy and gratitude of the parents who had sadly accepted that their children would go without presents on Christmas day. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

By Margery A. Beck

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The young father stood in line at the Kmart layaway counter, wearing dirty clothes and worn-out boots. With him were three small children.

He asked to pay something on his bill because he knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it all before Christmas. Then a mysterious woman stepped up to the counter.

“She told him, ‘No, I’m paying for it,'” recalled Edna Deppe, assistant manager at the store in Indianapolis. “He just stood there and looked at her and then looked at me and asked if it was a joke. I told him it wasn’t, and that she was going to pay for him. And he just busted out in tears.”

At Kmart stores across the country, Santa is (more…)

GIve As the Rose Gives Perfume

April 4, 2011

Generosity is not confined to the sharing of material wealth. A generous spirit finds endless ways to express itself.

If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.
Arab proverb

Perhaps the most loving and meaningful gift you can give to another is (more…)

A Close Shave

November 6, 2010

I was looking forward to meeting my friend, Lien, at Ecopolitan, my favorite restaurant, around 2:00. I arrived before 1:30, laptop in hand, looking forward to getting a little work done before she showed up.

As I walked in, a lovely young woman looked at me as if she had been waiting for me to walk through the door. “You’re here every time I am,” she said with a friendly smile. What a nice greeting! I Introduced myself and asked her dining companion if this was her first time at Ecopolitan. I said, “Nice to meet you both,” turned around and saw a young man looking at me just as purposefully. “It’s his (more…)