Giving Tuesday 2018 is here, and I have already named in my mind and heart the organizations I will support on this day. For some, I will write and mail checks. It makes me happy that others make it wonderfully simply to give on-line. Yes, on Giving Tuesday, 2018, I will make an on-line gift to RevGalBlogPals and here’s why:
The Old Testament philosopher reminds us that “two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other … how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
This has been the requested text for each of the last two weddings I’ve officiated. Each time I read these verses, I’m reminded of Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s wonderful book, God In Between – the story of a village where there are no roads and the houses have no windows. The villagers desperately want to see God. The two people whose houses each have one window are sent on a journey to find God. The travelers journey to the sea, to the mountains, to the valleys. Finally, they simply sit and rest and talk to each other for hours – telling their stories, learning about one another. When they return to the village, the townspeople gather eagerly to learn where God is to be found. After a lengthy description of their journey, the travelers reveal simply, “we found God ‘in the between’ – in between each other.
For many of us, RevGalBlogPals is an example of God ‘in the between’ – in between our multiple geographical and denominational settings … in between our multiple ages and levels of experience … in between our myriad of questions and wonderings … in between our requests for prayer and support … in between our sharing of joys and sorrows … in between our “Friday Fives” and our “How Was Your Sunday?” reflections. I feel God ‘in the between’ each time I read a RGBP Facebook post; sometimes I can visualize a face; often I simply feel a heart and a soul. But each and every time, I am thankful for the God ‘in between’ who unites us and I am honored to give, financially, a portion of what God has given me that this ‘in between’ may continue and flourish and thrive. I hope you will join me – on Giving Tuesday or whenever you can!
The Rev. Carol M. McDonald retired from, and was named Executive Emerita by, the Synod of Lincoln Trails, PCUSA, in August, 2014. She serves as a Parish Associate at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.