She was six, despairingly sad, and too young to get the “we give according to our means” model of charity. Her happiness about what was under the tree for her only made worse the grief she felt—not being able to give each family member something splendid in return. It was time to learn of the Ultimate Gift.

Long ago when many hearts ached with strife, sorrow and suffering in the world, some people studied the stars, looking for answers. One star cast a guiding light upon the earth which wise men followed to a babe in a manger. They gave the baby the gifts of a king, for so he was, though not an earthly one.

The child grew into manhood, teaching many people the way out of misery and then he gave up his life so everyone could experience love big enough to break their heart open. That’s a good thing; it’s the Ultimate Gift. Only an open heart works properly—one side receiving, the other side giving—circulating that which sustains life. Tenderness is its character.

A big-love smile or hug from a child saves many a day in many a life. We cherish these and all expressions of the Ultimate Gift. Your friends at Schmidt Associates wish you more love than heart can hold this holiday season.

“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

—Barbara deAngelis