This is the fourteenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores the gift-giving prerogative of a king. The generosity of the Saxon kings of Alfred’s era is a fascinating study in itself, but the generosity of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings is even more astounding. Christ has given kingly gifts to his Church, but have we received these kingly gifts? Have we responded as recipients of sacred gifts ought to respond? Have we tilled the land He entrusted us? Have we invested the talents of gold He bestowed upon us? Have we swung the gilded swords that he placed within our grasp? May we honor our Almighty Ring Giver by handling His sacred trust with diligent and loving exercise.