While the peasants were planting the fields they heard loud music. As they looked up they found the king together with a great number of the officials and a musical band singing for the king. The peasants left their fields and rushed joyfully to the king who came especially to visit their village. They did not know how to welcome the king and express their joy for receiving him.
One of them rushed to a spring and filled his palms with water.
He advanced joyfully towards the king saying, “My lord, please accept this simple gift.”
The king got surprised and asked, “What’s that?”
The peasant answered calmly, “My heart rejoiced for receiving your majesty for the first time in our village near my meadow. What can I, a poor farmer, present you then when you are rich and generous? I wanted to express my love for you so I took some water in my palms. I present it not because you need but because this is only what I can offer. Accept it as a gift and symbol of love.”
The king rejoiced, embraced the farmer and said to the treasury secretary, “Give this peasant a large sum of money. What he gave excelled the gifts of many people.”
Lord, You presented me springs of living water.
What to present You when I am poor and needy?
Accept my love as the widow’s two small copper coins.
Accept my life as a sacrifice of praise and love.
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the
Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams”
(1 Sam. 15.22).
Man Corrupting Nature
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