All Saints Messenger June 8, 2017

posted Jun 8, 2017, 10:44 AM by Church Secretary   [ updated Jun 11, 2017, 9:25 PM by John Woodward ]

The Forward Day by Day Meditation for Thursday, June 8

2 Corinthians 8:1-2 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.

My friend tells the story of one Thanksgiving during her childhood when she asked her mother for a can of food for her school's holiday food drive. The day before Thanksgiving, a car pulled up to her house, and a man brought a box to the door. My friend recognized the slightly dented can in their box-the can she had taken to school to donate. She realized for the first time in her life that her family was poor.

My friend learned lessons about generosity and became a nurse, a mental health therapist, and an Episcopal priest. She has driven miles to come and pray with me, and she also does missionary work in Honduras.

Poverty of material wealth and poverty of spirit are sometimes confused with each other. My friend and Paul's friends in Macedonia understand that our poverty can become a channel for God's great abundance.

MOVING FORWARD: Food pantries received many donations at Thanksgiving and Christmas time, but hunger knows no holiday. Donate some nonperishable items to your local food pantry today.