Thursday, January 07, 2010

The gift of LOVE!-How often do we overlook such a priceless opportunity

The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her
Five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive
Gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and she became even
More upset when the child used the gold paper to
Decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to
Her mother the next morning and then said, 'This is for
You, Momma.'

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction,
But her anger flared again when she opened the box and
Found it was empty. She spoke to her daughter in a harsh

'Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a
Present there's supposed to be something inside the

She had tears in her eyes and said, 'Oh, Momma, it's not
Empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.'

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put
Her arms around her little girl, and she begged her
Forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time
Later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box
By her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems
She would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss
And remember the love of the child who had put it there.