Sunday, September 2, 2012

Simple Gifts

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
Simple Gifts
Elder Joseph Brackett

Two questions collided this week, seemingly unrelated, and yet... most of our walk through life involves connecting the dots between the 'unrelated'.  

Question One: 

'What motivates you?'

I was still considering question one when, days later, I was asked question two:

'What do blind people dream?'

Motivation. Blindness. Dreams.

Here is a story about blind men who were motivated by, what some might consider, a dream-

Matthew 9:27-34
As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, "Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!" When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, "Do you really believe I can do this?" They said, "Why, yes, Master!" He touched their eyes and said,
"Become what you believe."
The Message

What motivates you?

What do you dream?

Become what you believe.

Many of the best gifts are simple. Here is a video by Vituc, recorded with an iPhone-

On In Around button


  1. Michael,
    I just found your link at 'On, In and Around Mondays' (we're 'neighbors')....I also shared in a post last week this exact same song...
    here's the youtube video I posted -- YoYo Ma And Allison Kraus.
    hope you like it.

    thought you'd enjoy it.

    1. I love that video (and version of the song).

  2. Fun video! My toddler is screaming for more! haha! It reminds me of Ann Voskamps counting gifts.