THE GOLD WRAPPING PAPER
Once upon a time, a man punished
his 5-year-old daughter for using up the family’s only roll
of expensive gold wrapping paper.
Money was tight, and
he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve, he saw that the
child had pasted the gold paper so as to decorate a shoebox to put
under the Christmas tree.
Nevertheless, the next
morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift
box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!"
As he opened the box,
the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction.
But when he opened it,
he found it was empty and again his anger flared. "Don't you
know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone
a present there's supposed to be something inside the package!"
The little girl looked
up at him with tears rolling from her eyes and said: "Daddy,
it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full."
The father was crushed.
He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little
girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.
An accident took the
life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father
kept that little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life.
Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems he would
open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love
of this beautiful child who had put it there.
In a very real sense,
each of us as human beings have been given an invisible golden box
filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family,
friends and God.
There is no more precious
possession anyone could hold.