Gifts from the Heart

Bible Reading: Corinthians 9:6-14
Author: Michelle S. Lowe (North Carolina, US)
Friday 20 September 2019 © The Upper Room.

I have a patch of lavender growing in my back garden. Every time I water it or touch its leaves, I smile and think of the woman who gave it to me nearly ten years ago. She suffered from multiple sclerosis and I was her nurse. I visited her at home a few times, and on my last visit she handed me a bundle of lavender from her garden. When I arrived home I planted it straight away. Ten years later the plant continues to thrive, sprouting beautiful blooms in the spring and summer. This gift lovingly given so many years ago continues to bless my life.

Christians are called to be gracious to one another. This may mean giving material things to those in need or offering support to someone needing encouragement. The best gift we can give is the knowledge and love of Christ. And when we give in Christ’s name, God can use what we do today to bless others for years to come.

Prayer: O God, we thank you for Jesus, your ultimate gift to us. We ask that you help us to be gracious to others in his name. Amen

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Fantastic! I’m so thrilled by God’s goodness that He has brought about such a wonderful way of communicating His love and Gospel to Deaf people. I’m convinced God will use it to His glory and that it will be an effective means of nurturing Deaf Christians for whom church and the Bible is often difficult. You can be assured of my prayers in asking our Father to use these means to reach Deaf people who would never dream of entering a church building. KS