R. Lee Sharpe related, "One
spring day when I was just a kid, my father called me to go with him to
Trussell's blacksmith shop. He had left a rake and a hoe to be repaired. And
there they were ready, fixed like new. Father handed over a silver dollar
for the repairing. But Mr. Trussell refused to take it.
'No,' he said, 'there's no charge for that little job.'
"But father insisted that he take payment.
"If I live to be a thousand years," said Sharpe, "I'll never forget that old
'Sid,' he said to my father, 'can't you let an old man do something now and
then-just to stretch his soul?'"
It's the old law. The giver receives more than the receiver gets. Bread cast
upon the waters comes back a thousand-fold. One who stretches his soul into
deeds of love and kindness, unfailingly reaps a just reward.