LONG WALK, PART OF GIFT
A missionary taught his African students that Christmas is an occasion when Christians exchange gifts as expressions of their joy over the birth of Jesus. On the very next Christmas morning one of the natives brought the missionary a seashell of lustrous beauty. When asked where he had discovered such an extraordinary shell, the native said he had walked many miles to a certain remote bay, the only spot where such shells could be found. The missionary exclaimed, “I think it was wonderful of you to travel so far to get this lovely gift for me.” The native’s eyes brightened and he replied, “Long walk part of gift.”
Love can find expression in many ways; the dollars spent on a gift may be far less impressive than the time and effort invested in finding or making the gift.