. . . for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. (2 Corinthians 9:12)
Material abundance is by no means everyone’s daily reality, particularly in tough economic times. Yet, the writer to the Corinthians promises that God is able “to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly . . .” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
God is able. How might we participate as God’s hands and feet—as God’s body—in this abundant distribution?
It’s a very little thing, but I was excited to learn that my daughter’s school collects plastic bottle caps. You know—the ones that need to be removed before bottles go into recycling. I’m not sure how they will be used, but it was one thing that made me think, “I can do that!” One less thing in the garbage, instead put to good use.
This is how the Spirit works, giving us opportunities big and small to notice how God supplies us in our need—and not only our need—but overflowing into circles far beyond us.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. The readings are Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36. This message was adapted from the November 2012 Café faith reflection, Being Thankful, written by Joy McDonald Coltvet.
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