“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”
A long time ago I worked as a volunteer at a hospital. There was a young girl, who suffered from a serious disease. The only chance for her recovery was a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, as he had experienced the same disease and had miraculously survived. Thus he had the needed antibodies to struggle with this illness.
So the doctor told about the situation to the boy and asked him, if he is willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated only for a moment, later on the little boy took a deep breath and said: “Yes, I will do this, if it will save her life.”
During the transmission his sister was laying in bed next to him. The boy looked at her and smiled, but gradually his face became pale and his smile faded. He asked the doctor with a shaky voice: “Doctor, Will I start to die right now?”
The little boy thought that he would have to give all his blood to save the life of his beloved sister.
A little girl was decorating a box with a gold wrapping paper to put it under the Christmas tree. Money was tight, so the girl‘s father punished her for wasting almost all roll of that expensive paper.
However, the next morning the girl brought the gift to her father. “This is for you, Papa,” she said. He opened a box and found it empty, so he became angry again. “Are you mad, don‘t you know, that when you give someone a gift, it is supposed that there would be something inside it?” – he said in a fit of anger.
The little girl looked at her father with tears in her eyes. “Daddy, this box is not empty, I filled it with my kisses and hugs, all for you”.
The father was stunned. He felt so ashamed of himself that he just put his arms around his little daughter and beg for her forgiveness.
For many years of his life the man kept that golden box near his bed. Wherever he felt sad and depressed he opened the box and thought of love that the little child had put into it.
Each of us have been given a present of unconditional love from our children, family, friends and God. It is the most precious possession that anyone could hold.