PEARL(of great price)

“and hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been
poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has
been given to us.”


‘Tis better to give than to receive. This phrase is heard most often at Christmas, and no year has it rung more true than this. For Christmas this year, I gave my mother a gift of particular value, the gift of a gratitude. I wrote her a letter listing many (but not all) of the times in my life and the lives of those around her, where she has been a blessing…not just the everyday kind. The kind of blessing that comes from sacrifice, belief, and seeing the good in people. I placed her letter in a gift-wrapped box to offer her on Christmas Day. I did one more thing too, a lovely jewelry company (The Vintage Pearl) was accepting letters nominating those who deserve a special, unexpected blessing this Christmas…so, in went the letter. Hey, a girl can dream, right? Imagine my surprise when, on Christmas Eve, a special package arrived for my mother. You guessed it…her letter was chosen! Upon opening the parcel was found a beautifully wrapped box and nestled inside, a lovely necklace hand-stamped with the words “i’ll be there” a phrase that embodies my mother in many ways. On Christmas morning, I had the great joy in giving my mother this beautiful token of sacrifice, gratitude, and the love between a mother and daughter. Oh, and one more thing…it just so happens that mom had a little something up her sleeve too, and gave  me a heart necklace inscribed with the names of my children. So, you could say ‘Tis better to give and receive!

 Echoes of Mercy:


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