Gifts and miracles?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Gifts. Is the point to giving gifts to each other or to charities the amount that we give or how we give it? Should we give to others and to God out of a spirit of gratefulness, trusting that God will use our gift to his benefit even if that be a miracle?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Holly and I give to as many charities as we can. Every time we write out a check however, we always feel a bit of remorse. Couldn’t we have done more? We’ve always wanted to be even more generous than we are. Nevertheless, as I sealed another envelope for another charity and slipping it into my pocket, I wondered to myself how this modest gift could really make a difference. If I had decided against giving this time, would it be missed? As I slipped it into the offering plate that morning, I turned it upside down, not wish anyone to see how little it really was and, once again, wondering what God would do with such a small gift.

Here’s a story: A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it ‘was too crowded’. But the pastor, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her. Some two years later, the little girl died. As her poor little body was being moved, a crumpled purse was found. Inside was found 57¢ and a scribbled note which read, “This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday school.” Carrying this note to the pulpit the next Sunday, the pastor told the story of her unselfish love. He challenged his deacons to raise enough money for the larger building. A newspaper learned of the story and published it and it was read by a realtor who offered them a parcel of land for – 57¢. Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00, gifts coming in from far and wide. When you are in the city of Philadelphia, look up Temple Baptist Church and Temple University, where hundreds of students are trained. Have a look, too, at the Good Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School build- ing which houses hundreds of Sunday scholars. In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57¢, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. (Author unknown.)

The point to giving is not the amount that we give but how we give. We give to others and to God out of gratefulness and trust that God will use our gift to his benefit. We should never gauge the worthiness of our gift by the size of the gift. The fact is, God uses our least efforts to do his greatest work. In God’s hand, 57¢, given out of love, can go a long way.

We pray. Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God, Teach me true generosity. Teach me to serve you as you deserve. To give without counting the cost, to fight heedless of wounds, to labor without seeking rest, to sacrifice myself without thought of any reward save the knowledge that I have done your will. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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