Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Priorities - a story.

The story goes that some time ago a man punished his 5-year-old 
daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.

Money was tight and he became even more upset when the child pasted
the gold paper so as to decorate a box to put under the Christmas
Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her father
the next morning and said, 
"This is for you, Daddy." 
The father was 
embarrassed by his earlier over reaction, 
but his anger flared
again when he found the box was empty. 
He spoke to her in a harsh manner,

"Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present
there's  supposed to be something inside the package?"
The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,
"Oh,Daddy, it's not empty. 
I blew kisses into it until it was full."
The father was crushed. 
He fell on his knees and put his arms
around this little girl, 
and he begged her to forgive him for his
unnecessary  anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and
it is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all the
years of his life. And whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult 
problems he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and 
remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, 
each of us as human beings have been given a 
golden box 
filled with unconditional love and kisses 
from our
children, family, friends and God. 
There is no more precious possession
anyone could hold.