It is easy to forget the true spirit of giving during the stress and business of the holiday season. In “The Gift of the Magi” and “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” O. Henry artfully reminds readers that it is not the size of a gift that matters, but the generous gesture of the giver and the thankful heart of the receiver. These are stories about those who have very little to give, but they are praised for their sacrificial services for the sake of love.
In a perceptive foreword, David H. Wills notes that frequently, the greatest of gifts are not grand gestures, but acts of paradox and surprise—including the birth of Christ, which we celebrate this holiday season. This Trinity Forum Reading is sure to remind you of the joy, blessing, and Christ-like act of giving.