the fine art of giving

The petite cashier serves the long lineup of customers at her counter with a trained smile…..only to let out a deep sigh when no one is watching…

The woman by the almost empty Christmas kettle faithfully rings her bell and bursts into carols to the busy passerby at the mall……

The young panhandler with multiple body piercing stands in the middle of a busy intersection and stares vacantly at the traffic…

These are only a few of the faces in the sea of people. 

 I wonder what their stories are…

I have been thinking about “giving”, something that has been talked about a lot during this season of goodwill and cheers… and these faces have reminded me some important truths which I have forgotten:

it can be just a smile, a few kind words…

it is stopping long enough to care….

and to help someone without judgment…

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

    37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 

Luke 6


About mamaj

mom with two grown up girls, children pastor, avid knitter, coffee-lover, bear-collector. I love reading, hanging out with my girl friends and yes, I am owned by a golden lab, Jaden.

Posted on December 13, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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