A Child’s Gift

By Don King of Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA

The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.  Numbers 6:25–26

When I was 10 years old, I lived on a small farm in southern Ohio. Down the road lived a middle-aged woman who maintained her own little farm. The only name I knew her by was “Omy.” I always made it a point to stop my bicycle on my way home and chat with her. She was always alone.

She had a horse, a cow, a chicken, a pig, a dog, and a rifle. One night just before dark, I was pedaling past her house, and she was inside with her oil lamp burning. It was Christmas Eve, and she was all alone.

Feeling sad for her, I asked my mother if she could give me some money and take me to the store to buy her a gift. So with 50 cents I managed to get her a box of candy, and my mother wrapped it for me.

On Christmas morning I jumped out of bed and dressed. With the gift under my arm I walked right past our Christmas tree with all the gifts under it. I hopped on my bike and headed for Omy’s house.

I knocked on the door. She opened it, and I said, “Merry Christmas, Omy!” She looked at me with such surprise and joy. I will never forget her shining face. As I rode home that morning a feeling of warmth came over me, and I did not feel the cold. I just felt the joy of giving.

Prayer for Peace:

Creator God, we thank you for the gift of children. We thank you for the greatest gift of all…the Christ child.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Offering Blessings of Community

Each day this week receive and share blessings of community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the network of relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life.

What blessings flow to you from these circles? Reflect, pray, and write in your journal about the call to be “Community of Christ.” Go deeper each day as you “discern and embrace” the “divine blessing” of this name that opens you to “become a blessing to the whole creation” (Doctrine and Covenants 163:1). What act of blessing are you invited to complete?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will make it a point to stop by the place of a lonely person and be the gift of presence.

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  1. Reblogged this on Totally Inspired Mind and commented:
    This beautiful story by Don King of Attelboro, MA, USA will make you feel all “warm and fuzzy” inside. I know it did that for me. The beautiful illustration is really charming as well. – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

  1. A Child’s Gift « Totally Inspired Mind

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