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.