The Joy of Giving

Grant me the joy to do for you
One thing that no one else may do;
The chance to show in some small way
How much you mean to me each day.
The sweetest thing while I shall live,
Is truly learning how to give.

I must not judge liberality
By how much others did for me,
But doing all that I can do
Will teach the precious lesson true
That while it is good to receive,
It's more rewarding far, to give.

It is not just by giving things
One finds the joy that giving brings;
But sharing of oneself in love,
As Jesus did from Heaven above;
For His death and eternal living
Prove the blessed joy of giving.

Honoria A. Groves