Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above.


smile from a stranger

kiss from a puppy

genuine compliment

porch drop-off

post-liturgical nap

unexpected windfall

new understanding

belly laugh

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

deepened relationship

good book

long-awaited trip

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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