The Sentimental Value of Sharing

Tuesday, April 8 

4-8By Nanc Closson of Independence, Missouri, USA

“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away…But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

—Matthew 25:14–15, 18

During the last several weeks my husband and I have been “letting go” by sorting, tossing, donating, and recycling items from every cranny in our house. We remembered, remarked on, and then removed anything we hadn’t used for a year or more. This entailed opening boxes, including a steamer trunk, that have made moves with us the last 30 plus years.

As a little girl, my mother encouraged me to start a “hope chest” for items I would need for my future marriage. So, I collected things a little girl growing up in the 1960s would like. There was a pink plastic napkin holder shaped like a windmill (everybody needs one of these!), head scarves, and small towels with large blue roses on them (love those blue roses). I had soap shaped like gingerbread men (or should I say gingerbread people?), and cotton pillow cases with lavender trim. I coveted and stored them in my mother’s steamer trunk.

When my husband and I opened the trunk, memories flooded me. Having not opened it in years saddened me. Of course the items were of no real value, other than sentimental. They had done little to raise my “hope” at the time I had collected them. You might say I found my husband despite this collection, rather than because of it.

I thought of the parable of the man whose master gave him money (a talent) that he buried instead of investing—putting it to good use and increasing it to share. I was sad that I had “buried” these items—never shared them with my family—not even my hoped-for husband.

God blesses us with so much, and wants us to share and celebrate our blessings. I realize this is the lesson my mother tried to teach me all along.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, help us make a good accounting of our blessings and talents. You have taught us that by sharing, our blessings multiply. By sharing peace it comes closer to reality.

Spiritual Practice: Growing a Gracious, Generous Heart
Open your heart to God’s grace and generosity with a “breath prayer.” Let your breathing slow and deepen. Be aware of God’s breath moving in and out of your heart. With each intake of breath, silently name one gift for which you are thankful. With each breath out, name one gift you want to share from the overflow of your heart.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will use the good china from the cupboard. I will get it dirty, sharing with friends.

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1 Comment

  1. Diane Akers

     /  8 April 2014

    Very good, think most of us can relate! Thanks for sharing.

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