Jesus once said, "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left … Continue reading Giving without self promotion
Helder Camara once observed, "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
When you give to those in need, do not announce it through marketing campaigns as the hypocrites do, to be honoured by others. I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that … Continue reading Give anonymously
Once some thieves came to an old hermit and said, "We are taking everything in your cell." He answered, "Take whatever you need, my children." They took almost everything in the cell and left. But they missed a little bag of money that was hidden. The elder picked it up and went after them, crying, … Continue reading The hermit and the thieves
The ironies of the internet age. Yesterday I gave away a fridge on Facebook. We had one to give away but were not sure who might need it, so we broadcasted. As it turned out, there was a family who responded from just a few houses down the street. I went global to find it was needed local. Thing … Continue reading Glocal giving
This morning we heard a powerful sermon on giving. This afternoon we had the privilege of seeing giving in action. During the last week my wife has been collecting bags full of clothes from the overflowing generosity of other members of our church for a family in need, whom we've been looking out for. It … Continue reading Giving is Great