Donaleigh recently taught me a lesson in patience and understanding. Living above us in our apartment complex is a young family with two children – boys, age 5 and 3. In my 66 years I have never lived below someone and so the noise of two little boys jumping and running around at 7 in the morning, (or earlier) above us has caused me consternation more than once. Rather than complain and grouse as I have been fond of doing, Donaleigh showed me a better way to deal with the situation. She purchased two large coloring books and two boxes of crayons, wrapped them as a gift for the boys upstairs. She included a card in which she shared that we had each raised two children but can’t imagine what it must be like to have two energetic youngsters couped up in a 2 bedroom apartment for as long as this shelter at home order has been in effect. I can’t say that the boys have settled down much since receiving the coloring books, but learning from her example has done wonders for my patience and understanding. It reminds me of the truth that if we ask for more patience, God does not magically inject us with a dose but rather places us in opportunities where we must practice patience. In these unusual times, may we all have the grace to exhibit extra amounts of these two virtues, patience and understanding.
Here is a prayer for your use at home:
Gracious God, it is good for us to gather as your beloved in community. We treasure your presence with us in word and meal, song and prayer. Be with us in these days when gathering together as often as we would like is not possible. When we mut be apart for reasons of safety, we trust that you surround us with your sheltering wings. Encourage us in connecting as we are able, reaching out to our neighbors in need and being persistent in prayer. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our constant companion. Amen.
Reminder: Pastor Brian’s Coffee and Colloquy every Monday at 10: a.m.
Coffee and Colloquy Zoom link
Next Week’s Readings:
Acts 7: 55-60
Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2: 2-10
John 14: 1-14
Being a Steward
Being a good steward implies more than the giving of money. God wants most of all, not our money, but ourselves. In writing to the church in Corinth, Paul used the Macedonians as an example of generous giving. Even as an impoverished people, the Macedonians gave so freely because, as Paul wrote, “. . . they gave themselves first to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5). Only when we have given ourselves, through faith, to the Lord are our possessions acceptable to him. We are to be stewards of our lives, time, and talents. No amount of giving of money will substitute for the faithful giving of ourselves.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, you so loved the world that you gave your one and only Son. You gave, and you keep on giving. Grant me a giving heart. May my tithes and offerings give you honor and praise. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.
Blessings on your Stewardship Journey!
The following clubs will not meet in the month of May.
The Dorcas Circle
Mary Martha Circle
The 113 Club
Hopefully all activites will be resumed in June.