"The real value of a gift is not determined by how much you pay for it, but by what you invest of yourself in it. A relatively inexpensive gift that has been blessed by your love and thoughtfulness will bring joy and lasting inspiration to the one who receives it. Always give imaginatively, lovingly, freely, enthusiastically--whether your gift be a word, a smile, an act or a Christmas package. It is better not to give at all than to give with a sense of burden or with the hope of gain.
"True giving is spontaneous, like the overflow of a spring or fountain. Stir up the spirit of love and joy within you--so that you cannot help but give. Then give in the happy realization that every gift, whether to God or to a person, has something of you in it--the best of you--your love, joy, appreciation, thoughtfulness and strength.
"Give with no strings attached, and you will receive in the same manner."
Dear Readers, I give to you today this message, the following photo, and a recipe for making bread:
|Spring at Mittineague Park. West Springfield, MA. Photo by Bruce Barone.|
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