Secret Alms

The readings today talk about giving. God loves a cheerful giver Paul writes in 2 Corinthians. God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. The Gospel from Matthew 6 warns us that one hand should not know what the other is doing. Give your alms in secret.

However it does no harm to share abundant gratitude for those who give in secret. Six weeks since surgery and the support continues to find delightful ways of pouring in. So far this week I have had all my meals taken care of due to the generosity of my friends. I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from two wonderful colleagues out west. My brother and sister-in-law sent a very cool purse that screams my name. Folks on my caseload mailed a marvelous package that will provide nourishment for awhile. Prayers continue to be lifted in this time of uncertain waiting. A new novena arrived that I can use when I finish my current one. A guardian angel on the go flew over from across the pond. Encouraging phone calls and emails keep coming. I ask handfuls of people to hold information secret at various times so that I can process things out loud which is a tremendous gift to me. I am the happy recipient of blessings delivered by many cheerful givers.

Tonight while I was chatting with a friend, I mentioned I had everything I needed. He had dropped off food that translates into four meals for me, plus the bouquet of flowers from our mutual friends. I have enough. In fact, I have more than enough. God, the Great Provider, knows exactly what I need when I need it and who should provide it. This value on sufficiency versus scarcity has worked well for me during my illness. The abundance also works for emotions. When I need peace or courage or joy, it comes to me in the form of a friend’s words, a song, a concept in a book I am reading, an awareness, and even a Facebook post. I know the prayers of those around me are working in this regard and I am grateful. I know that it is my deepest desire to continue serving, even now when my energy is still not as it could be. The good works await and the blessings that are sent to me cheerfully are cherished. May they return a hundredfold onto those who bestow them upon me.

Have you ever given freely in abundance and expected nothing in return? How did this change you?
Recall a time when you realized you had enough of everything. How did that affect you?
How does giving in secret make you feel? Try doing that in the next 24 hours.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Secret Alms

  1. Karen Wheadon says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your post tonite Suzanne…I look forward to them. So happy you’re being so well cared for in many different ways.

    As usual, you always end your post with some great questions. Tomorrow I go to the funeral of Mrs. Pevie, the mother in law of my good friend. She was not old, just 77, but not well the last 4-5 years. She was a wonderful woman.

    I will pass on a gift that you passed on to me when my mom died….the book, On Grief and Grieving. I found it very helpful and hope Anna will find it helpful as well. She was close to Mrs. Pevie. As I mentioned Anna is also dealing with the tragic drowning of her sisters husband, another funeral to attend in the next few days.

    Also hope to bring some homemade bread and jam:) it does feel good to give, even if it’s just a little something simple.

    I pray that you continue to get more energy back everyday and strength to get up everyday feeling blessed to be alive.

    Thinking of you and praying for continued wellness, Love, Karen

    Sent from my iPad


    • sstyves says:

      I hope you celebrate well the beautiful life of Mrs. Pevie. Thanks for sharing your answers to one of my questions. The questions seem to be sparking interest.

      Still praying for the men who passed away so tragically. Thanks for your continued love and prayers.

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