Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above.
smile from a stranger
kiss from a puppy
offer of help to reach something high on a shelf
investment by a mentor
bit of good news
sunshine after a heavy rain
heavy rain in drought season
improving health after an illness
text from a friend out of the blue
and so much more.
It’s all from you, God,
delivered through the world and the people you made,
each of us for the other.
Open our eyes to notice these gifts
and our hands to receive them.
Remind us to be both grateful receivers
and generous sharers of abundance
in a world that tells us there is never enough.
Thank you, thank you, God who wants good for us.
Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a eight-year-old son. She blogs weekly at laurastephensreed.com.
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