Thursday, August 27, 2015

Generous giving; First fruit living

JAMES 1:17-18
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

O Father of Lights,
thank you for every generous act of giving...
not just your giving
but any and every generous act of giving...
they come from your Spirit --
a Spirit that moves us
from complacency to generosity,
from greedy to giving,
from hoarding to sharing,
from abundance for some and scarcity for the others
to enough for all.

Enable us to be
your first fruits among your creatures.
Help us embrace our role among the created order--
living humbly before you,
caring for all creation,
giving glory to Your name,
sharing Your the same measure of the grace you give us
with all of Your children on this earth.

May it be so with me today
in big and small ways

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