It’s the thought that counts. How often have we said that when we have been given a gift that perhaps wasn’t quite to our taste, but we felt the need to be gracious, or when we have been given something that was perhaps not of great value but was clearly precious to the person giving it, in some way or another. It’s the thought that counts.
One of the chores of Christmas can be choosing presents – what can I possibly give that elderly relative, when she already has everything she needs, and more besides? Or, as happened in our household, when my sons were growing up, amazingly, a teenager who seemingly didn’t care about presents, and who actually tore up the cheque his brother gave him, not out of malice, but because he said that his brother was a poor student.
Truly we live in strange times! Maybe there too, in a strange way, it was the thought that counted. The value of a present does not depend on how much it costs, and … read more.
Fr. Edward Bryant, Nordic Catholic Church in Uk, Hastings.