(By Rev. Tim Schwartz) — As we collect the “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering this month, let us pray for our brothers and sisters around our country and globe, whose lives have been affected by a variety of disasters that have turned their lives upside down. Let us also pray that the Holy Spirit would move in our hearts so that we might give generously to those in need.
May we also pray that despite all that we do for our churches, that we might consider giving an hour, a week or month in volunteer service to help those in our neighborhoods that Jesus calls us to love and care for. May God’s presence in our lives motivate us to share what we have to bring help and hope to God’s people so that they might have new life! As the scripture says, “Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9 (NRSV)
“Those who are generous are blessed,