The Gift

Rev. Wayne Walder: Commentary on The Gift

by Reverend Wayne Walder Can you look back in time? Think back to when you were 18 or 20. You had to make your way in the big world, so you went to school or found an apprenticeship. You met new friends and found a way to handle your enemies. Over time, you had to…

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Our Music: Offering a Gift

by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood “What gift can we bring, what present, what token?” These are the opening words of a United Methodist offering hymn.
 At some point, we have been asked – or have asked ourselves – these all-important questions. While deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world we have felt…

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The Gift: Spiritual Questions & Exercise

•   Can you remember a time when someone gave you a gift that took your breath away? Was it special because it demonstrated who you were or who you hoped to be? Have you ever overwhelmed someone with a gift? Tell someone this story! •   Has the presence of a friend or a…

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The Gift: Audio Resources on the Web

The Body’s Grace by Matthew Sanford, 2012 audio on On Being (51 minutes) An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and teacher Matthew Sanford. He’s been a paraplegic since the age of 13. http://tinyurl.com/oqe569a Oh You Shouldn’t Have 2011 audio on This American Life (Four 15-minute stories) Stories about the perils of giving…

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The Gift: Movie Resources

The Ultimate Gift    (2006) a family film with Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive “the ultimate gift”, with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be. Bagdad Café   (1987) an award winning film…

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The Gift: Inspirational Quotations

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the…

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