Charity yields …

“Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Ecclesiastes 11:1

giveLen, my former pastor and boss, posted a plea on Facebook, He and his wife witnessed hundreds of families huddled under make-shift blanket tents in a beautiful park near their summer rental home in Como, Italy. Their goal was to use their money and any contributed through PayPal to buy supplies and hand carry them to the coordinator at the park—a 4.5 mile hike each time.

I don’t think it takes a pastor or a Christian or any other religion being represented in Como to agree there is a need. Len opened his Facebook world to an opportunity. In Ecclesiastes we are challenged to be generous—invest in acts of charity because charity yields high returns. Can anyone in clear conscience not respond?

He added to his post, “Yes, I know refugees/immigration/immigrants are hot topics; this is a simple humanitarian response to a desperate situation that we can touch …” In other words, put your political position aside to help real people now.

I made a modest contribution. I did this because I’d want someone to have compassion for me in the same situation. Occasionally, I see desperation in the eyes of someone on a street corner or in a parking lot and give them a few bucks. I’m aware that once the money leaves my hands and into the hands of the receiver, how it’s spent it is out of my control.

Dear God, help us become compassionate givers. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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