How Do We Truly Give?

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

– Kahlil Gibran –

I had an uncle who has now passed on.  Growing up, I never really knew him.  I knew of him.  He was generous at Christmas time, sending gifts.   The were appreciated, I suppose.  I can’t remember what he looked like but I remember receiving a gift each year.  The gifts were always something . . . well, completely inappropriate for the child I was when I received them.  A dress that was too small, a toy that was years too young for me, a makeup kit that was years too old for me.  He passed away and all I ever knew of him was those gifts . . .

I had another uncle.  He has also passed on.  He lived far from us, but visited when he could.  We visited him as well.  He was kind and generous, and I remember he sent money to my parents so they could choose a gift for me at Christmas.  I hardly knew him though.  Years passed.  Eventually, as an adult, I got to spend time with him a bit more often.   I came to know him well and enjoyed our visits so much.   He was clever, and funny.  He always had a story to tell.  He loved nature, and loved a challenge.  He always asked me about my life and seemed always to be really interested.  I came to love him as one can only love someone who is really known personally.  Sadly he passed away not long after I truly got to know him, but he blessed my life.  When I think back I don’t think of the presents, but of his presence.  He became a part of me and he still is.  Somehow, I think Gibran knew this uncle. 


2 Responses to How Do We Truly Give?

  1. freedomborn says:

    Hi Martha, thank you for sharing as you do, so real to life so honestly. It seems both Uncles cared for you in their own way, you were very blessed to have had the oppertunity to get to know and Love one of them the way you did and I’m sure you also brought much Joy into his life. Do you have a Dad and Mum alive? I hope you don’t mind me asking.

    I believe whenever we have someone in our heart we are never really apart.

    Christian Love Anne.


    • Thank yuo so much, Anne! Life with one another and with the Lord is so much about the beauty of the relationship. The grand “prize” is what we hold in our hearts and souls, isn’t it? It’s not something we hold in our hands.


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