To give and receive

Bible Reading: Galatians 6:9-10
Author: Katherine Rice (Oregon, US)
Sunday 21 January 2018 © The Upper Room.
My husband, John, is a window cleaner and was finishing his last job before a holiday weekend. Then I got a call from him. ‘I need you to come and get me. I’ve fallen and I’m hurt.’
In the hospital we talked about our faith in God. We began to plan how we would survive, since his business provided our family’s sole income. We listed the small luxuries we could give up and recounted all the blessings that remained. Doctors confirmed that John had crushed his heel bone. Surgery and a long recovery lay ahead, with no guarantee of returning to work. Although the future was uncertain, our trust remained.
In the weeks that followed, God taught us how to receive. Our church members generously paid our bills. Some of our customers paid us even though we could not work for them.
Many of us are devoted to looking for ways to give, but for some the more challenging lesson is to receive. We may be troubled by doubts of whether we are worthy of the gift or we feel as if we should repay it in some way. But receiving gifts with no strings attached teaches us about God’s grace. We cannot earn it and we cannot repay it. We can only receive that grace – which is the essence of the gospel.

Prayer: Dear God help us to be generous in giving and gracious in receiving. Amen

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