In a remote village in Central America the word got out among the peoples of the region that one of the American missionaries that had served this country for many years was about to return to the US to live our the remaining years of her life.
The nationals desired to honour her for her years of service with a public time of appreciation. News of the event went to all parts of the country in which the missionary was known to the people. One very old and very poor man walked to the ceremony over mountainous terrain for 4 days to bring his gift to the missionary.
“Brother, I cannot believe that you would walk so far to present me with this gift,” said the missionary to the man.
His response? “The long walk is part of my gift.”
‘What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb …
… but I am me. Everyone’s gift is different. What could I give?