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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 21, 2010 - The Giving Life

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Christ’s teachings often conflict with our human tendencies. On giving, Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38, NIV). But instinct tells us to hang on to what we have.

The thread of giving weaves its message from Genesis to Revelation. Consider the widow of Zarephath. During a time of drought and famine, with only enough oil and flour in her cupboard to make small cakes for herself and her son, this poor widow planned to serve her last meal and then wait for death.

Then along came the prophet Elijah. “Make me a cake first,” he instructed the woman. “How greedy can you get!” we might have answered. But the widow obeyed. You can read in 1 Kings 17:8-16 of the miracle that followed.

The widow gave the little she had. Through Elijah God provided her with a store of oil large enough to feed her, her son and the prophet through the rest of the famine.

C.H. Spurgeon wrote the following about giving:

“We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful bring out our powers for usefulness.”

It’s a simple lesson. Give. Even when you have needs. Give to feed the poor when your cupboards sit nearly bare. Feeling blue? Find a way to cheer someone else, and good cheer will come back to you.

God honored the widow’s giving. He rewards our generosity too. After decades of studying givers and hoarders, wise Solomon wrote, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again” (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

— Rose McCormick Brandon writes personal experience essays, Bible studies, news articles, profiles and devotionals from her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

 

 

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