By Nancy Fulmer of Lebanon, OH
God is just in all ways, and kind in all doings. God is near to all who call on the Divine, to all who call in truth. —Psalm 145:17–18 NRSV, adapted
I have a heartfelt love for tithing, both local and world ministries. I give some every week, but I asked myself, “How can I give more?” I started to think about how blessed I feel at times.
So now, every time a financial blessing comes my way, I give $5.00. A couple at church paid for my Sunday dinner—$5.00. A couple gave me a 120-mile ride to a workshop—$5.00. A neighbor shoveled our driveway—$5.00. My workplace provided meals at a three-day event—$5.00. A neighbor made too much chili and brought over a batch—$5.00.
You get the idea. This practice is helping me recognize my blessings as well as helping me give to my “true capacity.” By giving $5.00 each time, I keep part of the blessing, the church gets part, and the grace of the one who gave to me is passed on—everyone wins!
Prayer for Peace
Generous God, help us express our thankfulness to those who bless our lives. May we extend those blessings to others and share love and peace.
Spiritual Practice: Growing a Gracious, Generous Heart
Open your heart to God’s grace and generosity with a “breath prayer.” Let your breathing slow and deepen. Be aware of God’s breath moving in and out of your heart. Spend several minutes focusing on breathing in God’s generosity. With each breath, silently name one gift for which you are thankful. Let your heart expand to contain God’s gracious outpouring of love. With each breath out, name one gift you want to share from the overflow of your heart.
Today, God, each time I am touched by another’s generosity, I will touch another.