I remember reading The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry in grade school. I loved the story – how they sold their possessions to buy each other gifts. Since January, I’ve been driving by apple crates with “MAGI” stamped on them. Each time I saw them, I was reminded of that wonderful story.
One day I stopped to take a photo and noticed there was one crate in the middle of the stack with “STARCRISP” stamped on it. The Gift of the Magi is based on the story of the magi, the three wise men bearing gifts to the newborn king, Jesus. They were guided by a star.
“But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi.” from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
Generosity as a theme for A Season for Nonviolence
Mother Teresa said, “There is a hidden poverty more pervasive than lack of money. It is the poverty of the heart.” Find three ways to generously give of your time, attention, and resources to others.
Today, not only find three ways to generously give, but give from the heart. Be like Jim and Della in The Gift of the Magi. Also, give anonymously, without expectation of return gifts or acknowledgment. This is selfless service.