We Give from Our Abundance

By Barrie Fox of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?  1 John 3:17

As I take just a moment to reflect on my life, I become most aware of how blessed I am. Of course events don’t always work out the way I hope, but I am conscious of how much I have for which I am grateful.

I am sure many of us, in our better moments, would admit this. I am thrilled when I reflect on the blessings and opportunities I have had.

I am a little shaken when I admit to myself how I have let some of my advantages just slip by almost unnoticed.

Worship, song, scripture, and prayer constantly remind us who and whose we are and of our worth to God. Despite all the issues with which we struggle, we have much to be grateful for.

Those who express their gratitude do so by their contributions to humanity. From this wealth of giftedness we try to help others—the world’s goods, health, self-esteem, and an awareness of the love of God. It is ours to share.

The church has always depended on people like Barnabas of the scriptures—people who seem always ready to seek and bring out the best in others by sharing Christ’s peace and justice. The name Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement.” I am grateful that I have known such people in my life. People need us. How can we refuse to help?

Prayer for Peace:

Abiding Love, we would be your instruments. Invest in us that we may share the love and peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Examining God’s Call to Me and to All

Each day this week reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by prayerfully asking to recall particular moments when you have experienced God’s presence and invitation. Write in your journal or just quietly reflect on images and insights that come.

When has God seemed most real in your life? How and when has God called you to use your energies and gifts? When have you felt most deeply connected and responsive to God’s movement in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family members, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will express my gratitude by sharing with others.

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