“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
-while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:7, 11-12, 14-15 ESV
Grace upon us. No more sorting out every motive in order to achieve perfection with God. Faith in grace recieved and grace given. God’s inexpressible gift inspires us to no longer examine those who are recipients of our charity. Rather there is a merriment in giving. A goodwill and cheer, because we have received the same. Freedom and enrichment in all our acts of love. No strings attached. Grace gives.
My father-in-law gave cash monies to the kids this year. Grandma has been ill, and the snow storms are abundant. He said it was the children’s opportunity to receive a gift just like God gave a gift “the gift of life” to choose to do with it as they would. Free will meets goodwill.
When you give to the poor do it without expectation of personal gain or praise. Creatives find new ways to express cheer in giving this year. Look for local opportunities to serve at a food bank or perhaps personal friends to whom you can give. The gift of friendship is probably one of the most valuable things we can offer to anyone. Find ways to express your thanks for those who are steadfast and have stood by you in a difficult time.
And as you wrap your gifts pray for those who receive. Gifts of love from family or the gifts sent far towards those in need we will never meet all should result in thanksgiving and joy! Be Merry! Share a cup of cheer!
Do you have a story of an extraordinary gift given or recieved? I’d love to hear it!
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.
Richard L. Evans