The right gift for the son of the Sultan of Baghdad

The right gift

Many centuries ago, a rich sultan in Baghdad gave a banquets in honor of the birth of his son.

All the nobility who partook of the feast brought costly gifts, except a young sage who came empty handed.

He explained to the sultan, "Today the young prince will receive many precious gifts, jewels and rare coins. My gift is different. Fromt the time he is old enough to listen until manhood, I will come to the palace every day and tell him stories of our Arabian heroes. When he becomes our ruler he will be just and honest."

The young sage kept his word. When the prince was at least made sultan, he became famous for his wisdom and honor.

To this day, an inscription on a scroll in Baghdad reads, "It was because of the seed sown by the tales."

Parents, do not spoil your children and ruin their lives with expensive gifts they don't need, but want. Instead, as this story, which I read in William Bausch's Storytelling Imagination and Faith book tells us, keep in mind that right right gifts are redemptive and formative.

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