May 11, 2016 (Acts 20:28-38)

A 7 yr. old boy was the second youngest of nine children. Three days before Christmas, his mother asked him to shine her shoes for the Christmas Season. He did and when she saw them she was delighted and gave him a quarter. Later, when she put her shoes on, her toe struck a large lump. Inside the show was the quarter wrapped in paper. On the paper was a note saying that the boy returned the quarter because he shined them “out of love.” When the constant giving of ourselves wears us out, how do we keep from losing the true joy of Christmas giving? “The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” Heda Bejar

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