• Father Lance W. Harlow

For It Is In Giving That We Receive

Gift-giving can be an expression of appreciation, love or esteem, and sometimes it is all these things wrapped up into one! We have all been on the receiving end of a gift, and I know I am always appreciative when I receive one. Over time, however, I have learned first-hand something important about exchanging gifts: even though I like getting gifts, I have found that I like giving them even more! Yes, you read that right.

Every time you give, you are actually receiving right back. You receive the gifts of happiness, joy, gratification, fulfillment, and even thankfulness that you were able to meet someone’s need.

This is how I feel when I give to the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children through The St Nicholas Project. I feel happiness because I can give financially. It gives me joy to think that my resources are being used to create positive experiences for children. I feel gratification in knowing that I am impacting their lives through education and meaningful life experiences, and I feel fulfilled to know that through The St Nicholas Project I can help make sure the children’s needs are met.

When we decide to give, we always end up receiving so much more in return! Every June, there is an 8th Grade graduating class from Kurn Hattin Homes. When you see their graduation photos and recognize their success, remember that it is also YOUR success. You, our St Nicholas Project family, helped these children reach this important milestone. Knowing that you helped them get to their graduation day with your financial and material donations over the years is a great gift for you! So, celebrate! And keep in mind that line from the peace prayer of St Francis that spells it out so clearly: “…for it is in giving that we receive…”

Thank you for being an important part of The St Nicholas Project family!


(guest blog by Laura Duquette)


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