Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Father's Gift

What is a gift?

It is the rain and the sun washing over the face
of a prisoner freed from a windowless cell.

It is the clean blanket and new socks that bring warmth
to the body and soul of a homeless child.

It is the opening of a door and the thunder of laughter
signaling the homecoming of a prodigal son.

What is a gift?

It is the chatter and giggles that come dancing from the bedroom
of a happy little girl who once was lost.

It is the music that rattles the windows and shakes the walls
of the house where a family really lives.

What is a gift?

It is every “I’m sorry”, “I love you”, “I need you”,
“You’re special”, and “I forgive you”.

And the greatest gift?
It is grace—unmerited, undeserved, unwarranted,
unearned, and unjustifiable.
It is the very same grace that is given willingly, freely, eagerly,
voluntarily, and enthusiastically.

Thank you Father.

Elizabeth Stoeckel
November 28, 2005

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