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Friday, September 26, 2008

Hopeful Friday - Let Me Be A Giver

Cielo at The House in the Roses is sponsoring Hopeful Friday to give blogger friends another opportunity to “ celebrate God, to celebrate His mercy and unconditional love, but also a day to celebrate positive thoughts. We need hope to replace our restlessness, we need courage to replace our fear, and we need faith to replace our doubt.”

Last weekend at the dinner for my mother’s 90th birthday, just before the toasts, I had one of my sisters read the following poem, since it expresses the principles exemplified by our mother.

Let Me Be A Giver

God, let me be a giver, and not one
Who only takes and takes unceasingly;
God, let me give, so that not just my own,
But others’ lives as well, may richer be.

Let me give out whatever I may hold
Of what material things life may be heaping.
Let me give raiment, shelter, food, or gold
If these are, through Thy bounty, in my keeping.

But greater than such fleeting treasurers, may
I give my faith and hope and cheerfulness,
Belief and dreams and joy and laughter gay
Some lonely soul to bless.
---Mary Carolyn Davies

To see more of today’s “chain of positive thoughts and inspirational messages” please go here for Cielo’s list.


Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful poem. I believe it is only in giving of ourselves that we are truly happy. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Bo said...

Hi...Just dropping by for some inspiration and I found it in your loving post..Thanks! ;-) Bo

Virginia said...

What a beautiful poem, to live by.
And what a wonderful blessings to be able to celebrate your Mother’s 90th birthday.
Blessings, Virginia

Unknown said...

Such wonderful words, 90 years to celebrate are truly worth celebrating. My mom is 82. Happy Hopeful Friday. Karen