Monday, December 26, 2011

The Greatest Gift of All...

The gifts of Christmas, 2011, are mostly opened and some are even put away.

Remembering my parents, who are no longer on earth, I thought about gifts from the past.

The most precious gift my beloved mother and father gave to me did not come wrapped up and tied with ribbons.

It was the gift of faith in God.

When life's storms came crashing down, that gift provided a lifeline. Hanging on with all my might, often with tears streaming down my face, faith carried me through.

Good times eventually returned.

When disappointment or soul-shaking sorrow seared my heart, faith soothed.

No gift since then could ever compare with the gift of faith.

Not everyone receives it.

It's priceless.

It's a treasure.

No matter what life brings, with faith, I know survival is possible.

It can even be used to help others.

I'm so grateful to my parents for everything they ever did for me, but most of all, I'm immensely grateful for the greatest gift of all...the gift of faith. 



T's Daily Treasures said...

We were never a church going family. My parents used to put me on a bus Sunday morning so I could go to Sunday school and church. In fact, Bo, the preacher's son, was the first boy to kiss me, behind the Sunday School door. We were in 1st or 2nd grade at the time. :) I continued the faith search, attending services of many, many denominations right into my teen years. I think the only time we attended church as a family was maybe Easter time long, long ago. As for material gifts, I remember at the age of 14 receiving a striped sweater in the palest of colors. It's the only gift I really remember. I did love that sweater. That is the year we went up north to OH and MI to see my mom's family for Christmas. Wishing you a great new week. Peace & blessings, Tammy

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The greatest gift my parents gave me was knowing they were always there for me no matter what.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Being honest, kind and thoughtful were the greatest gifts I rec'd from my parents.

Thank you for a lovely post.

Happy New Year!

Lady Linda said...

Good morning Susan, I love your posts. I have never been forced to think about the question you asked. I guess the introduction to my faith would have to be their best gift to me. I was brought up in a church that I have left, but it was such an introduction to my Christian beliefs, that I must thank them for that.
Happy New Year. It's been fun getting to know you.
Love, Linda

Chatty Crone said...

I think the best gift a parent can give - is the one your parents did. It is the gift of loving God. Being raised in a Christian home. That was mine too. sandie

Hope Filled Living said...

So pretty Susan, and so true.
Bless you.

Please forward me your mailing address so I can get something out to you for doing a post with my Holiday Traditions....

diane stetson said...

The gift of music and of faith...Both have served me well all my life.

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