Friday, May 3, 2013

Free Gifts




A wondrous free event! John Lennon's artwork will be on display and for sale, here in Charlotte tonight! The cost of admission? A $2 donation to the Harvest Food Bank! I hurried to Asherel with the announcement in my hand.
"Look!" I cried, "Shall we go!?"
"Well yes," she said, "But can we afford it?"
"No, not to buy any of his art, but we can go to the exhibit."
"We can afford the tickets?" she asked.
"It's free!"

Now, I do have some reservations- John Lennon was not exactly what one would consider a chaste artist. I have seen some of his line drawings and some are downright vulgar. However, how could I NOT bring my Beatle-crazed teen to see her favorite Beatle's artwork? And I was also pleasantly surprised there is no admission fee. At the top of the page it said, "Yoko Ono Presents..."
I wonder if Yoko will be there? I am no fan of Yoko Ono, but it would be kind of exciting to see her in real life. And Asherel has always defended Yoko- feels she was unfairly maligned as the cause of the Beatles' break-up.

Meanwhile, I brought Asherel to the Nursing Home for a quick visit to Mom K. She was no worse, though no better either. She was sleeping when we came, and Arvo says she'd been sleeping all day. As we crossed through the front half of the Home, there was a young lady with a guitar serenading the residents. Some were singing along. The young lady had a sweet and powerful voice. As we left, we stopped to watch her for a little while, and I sang along for a couple of stanzas. This was a free event too. And there was not one scintilla of vulgarity- just the generous and lovely spirit of someone using their gift to make the world a better place.

And she did. That little corner of the world was momentarily a better place. My spirits were lifted hearing the song from the past and seeing the remembrance in all the elderly folks' faces. This is why God gave us talents and gifts, I told Asherel as we headed home.


Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, (1 Corinthians 2:12 NASB)

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NASB)







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