True Generosity

In a certain article on the Women's Activities Page of The Christian Science Monitor there appeared the arresting advice: "Don't forget about turning generous hems. There is something expansive about a generous hem." The writer of the article was talking about curtains and their attractiveness in a room, but the reader's thought turned immediately to her own experience in hems. She remembered her great liking as a child for deep hems on her dresses, and the disappointment if there was a lack of material which made this impossible. There had always been wide hems on the curtain in her home. It had seemed a right way, and she had never stopped to wonder why. After reading the sentence in the Monitor she fell to pondering the why of "generous hems," and at once there came to thought a lovely sense of abundance. How the tension lessens in any situation if we realize that there is enough of what is needed!

When Jesus fed the four thousand, there were seven baskets full left over. When he fed the five thousand, there were twelve baskets more than were needed at the moment.

Above the Clouds
February 13, 1937

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