It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chapter 12, Page 13, Book 17

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

December 13th

The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.

Martin Luther

Give what you do.  A gift from the heart is gift of time and talent.

The best gift is one that delivers a message of love and joy that remains with the recipient long after the gift has been consumed, used or put away.

I believe that talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heartpump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that.

Maya Angelou

When you think about it, it takes people with a lot of different talents to keep things going.  Giving a talent that you have can add a lot of joy to someone’s life.

I have a friend that gives the gift of vacation time to her fellow employees. She takes her vacation days before or after December so that others can take time off at Christmas to spend with their families.

Another couple I know gave their building skills to help make a stable for the Christmas display at their church.

Our church is blessed with a wonderful choir and their beautiful voices bless us every Sunday, but especially at Christmas.

Use what talent you possess:  the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except this that sang the best.

Henry van Dyke

While all of these people give of their time, I’m sure that many do not think of them as gifts given, but they are, and all are appreciated.

Untie the ribbons…


betty said...

It is good to give gifts of our time in service of others. Time seems to be the one thing that no one seems to have enough of, so by volunteering or serving in other ways and using our time to do so, it truly is a gift of love.



the gift of time works well for most of us. liked the story about the vacation days.

Mevely317 said...

What struck me this evening?
".... that (which) remains with the recipient long after the gift has been consumed, used or put away." Right away, that sparked an old memory. Nice!

jack69 said...

My son works a courier service. He has volunteered to do the courier work on Christmas EVE and Christmas Day. I think that is a great idea for a Christmas gift. SWEET also.