What Can I Give?

Friday, July 19

7-19By Ward Serig of Pensacola, Florida, USA

…he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

—Galatians 5:22–23

During our church’s family camp, J.J. prepared the congregation for the offertory celebration at the evening worship service. J.J. and his family had limited finances, but J.J. was proud of his hair, which draped down his back almost to his waist. It hadn’t been cut for at least a year and was always neatly groomed.

For the evening he had worked it into a single, tightly woven braid. He encouraged us to consider how we might show the principle of generous discipleship. He had the mission center president walk up behind him with a large pair of scissors and sever his braided hair just above his neckline.

J.J. explained that although he didn’t have much in the way of worldly goods to place in the offering tray, his hair was something he could give. He would give it to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients who lose their hair while undergoing chemotherapy.

By this selfless and sacrificial act of love, J.J. reminded us there are many ways to share the bountiful gifts God blesses us with.

Prayer for Peace
Generous God, we often think we cannot give as you have given. Help us find ways of showing love that might require sacrifice. Help us set aside our shallow agendas and act to meet the needs of another. Help us grow in our ways of giving and sharing the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Experience Congregations in Mission
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 164:9a–d. Reread the sentence, “If you truly would be Community of Christ, then embody and live the concerns and passion of Christ.” Make a list of the issues you feel mattered most to Christ. Make another list of issues that matter to your congregation. Reflect on the similarities and differences. How can you help align the lists? Throughout the day, as issues arise, ask yourself, “Would this matter to Christ?”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will explore how I might meet the needs of another, beyond financial gifts.

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1 Comment

  1. Jewell

     /  20 July 2013

    Wow! That was a dramatic offering!

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