Grateful and Generous

For God, who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on, good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more from your harvest.

Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much, and when we take your gifts to those who need them they will break out into thanksgiving praise to God for your help. So, two good things happen as a result of your gifts - those in need are helped, and they overflow with thanks to God.Those you help will be glad not only because of your generous gifts to themselves and to others, but they will praise God for this proof that your deeds are as good as your doctrine. And they will pray for you with deep fervor and feeling because of the wonderful grace of God shown through you.

Thank God for his Son - his Gift too wonderful for words. 2 Corinthians 9: 10-15 (TLB)

Yesenia Rosado lives in the Dominican Republic. Her brother, Martin, lives in New York. In the apartment building where he lives, several cats come around every evening. Her brother tells Yesenia that he always purchases food for them, spending about $10 daily. Knowing Martin has limited resources, his friends scold him and question why he bothers with the cats. Martin's response is: "It is a way to express gratitude for God's immense goodness. I am almost 70 years old, and God has granted me a good life - without pain, filled with energy, and the ability to work and live without limitations. Caring for God's creatures is a small way to demonstrate my gratitude to God."

As Yesenia reflected on his story, she realized that if we all expressed such gratitude to God, it would create in us a generous spirit; we would have a much more loving and caring world. Yesenia is grateful for her brother, for his example, and for his inspiration to follow the biblical teaching to "be generous on every occasion." May we all work at developing more grateful and generous hearts so that God's will may more full be realized.

Prayer: Generous God, thank you for your loving kindness and the blessings we receive each day. Inspire us to be generous with everyone we can, in whatever ways we can. In the name of the One who gave his life for us. Amen.

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