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Blessing Others (20 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

After the Lord your God gives land to each of you, there may be poor Israelites in the town where you live. If there are, then don’t be mean and selfish with your money. Instead, be kind and lend them what they need.

(Deuteronomy 15.7-8)

Reflect:                        

The author appeals to Israel to treat the poor at all times with an open hand and an open heart in a continual attitude of generosity and love. Jesus picks up this theme also: “When people ask you for something, give it to them. When they want to borrow money, lend it to them. You have heard people say, “Love your neighbours and hate your enemies.” (Matthew 5.42-43)

Respond: 

Who could you bless financially today? Are you able to give some money secretly to someone? Could you place a gift in someone’s handbag or drop a gift voucher through their door without them knowing?

Midday Meditation:

‘Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born. It is the action that was designed into us before our birth… Some of us try desperately to hold onto ourselves, to live for ourselves. We look so bedraggled and pathetic doing it, hanging onto the dead branch of a bank account for dear life, afraid to risk ourselves on the untried wings of giving. We don’t think we can live generously because we have never tried. But the sooner we start the better, for we are going to have to give up our lives finally, and the longer we wait the less time we have for the soaring and swooping life of grace.’

(Eugene Peterson Run with the Horses)

Evening Reflection:

‘Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest your weary ones. Bless your dying ones. Soothe your suffering ones. Pity your afflicted ones. Shield your joyous ones. And for all your love's sake. Amen.’

(St. Augustine)

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