A story by Marcel Aymé, translated by Karen Reshkin
Copyright 2002, All rights reserved.
"My grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Gratefulness is the heart's full response to the gratuitousness of all that exists.
Gratuitousness does not only means that a volunteer does not get any money for his/her work, it also means that he/she does not expect whatsoever benefit, favour, or reward out of it.
1. Given without an equivalent or recompense; conferred without valuable consideration; granted without pay, or without claim or merit; not required by justice. We mistake the gratuitous blessings of Heaven for the fruits of our own industry. --L'Estrange.
2. Not called for by the circumstances; without reason, cause, or proof; adopted or asserted without any good ground; as, a gratuitous assumption. Acts of gratuitous self-humiliation. --De Quincye. -- Gra*tu"i*tous*ly, adv. -- Gra*tu"i*tous*ness, n.
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