Mary Elder, Newport News, VA
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
When I think of a cup, I think of how God has poured and continues to pour mercy and love out for us.
One of the most beautiful parts of this thought is when we receive God’s mercy and blessing, we cannot help but continue to pour out that love and abundance on others.
It overflows out of our hearts into our communities.
The past couple of years were full of uncertainty, loss, and grief.
In light of all our world has experienced, it struck me that sacrifice and Salvation can feel too close to home and challenging to comprehend.
We see so much hurt in our world and are hurting deeply, ourselves.
While God’s comfort, grace, and Salvation remain constant, who we are and what we have to give has changed.
I think of Paul’s description of the Macedonian church – that in suffering and poverty, they remained open-hearted and shared what they could while trusting in Christ.
It is a reminder that God’s mercy and compassion for us are abundant blessings, no matter what our lives hold, and are gifts we can share with others with open hearts.
Prayer: God, we ask through joy and abundance, and even trials and loss, you remind us of your presence and the hope you offer in our lives.
We are grateful for blessings and ask you guide us to share your love in all the ways we can.
A daily Lenten devotional reprinted with permission from The Society of St. Andrew to inspire help sharing nourishing food with neighbors in need.
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What a way to celebrate the resurrection of hope and lift the cup of salvation for our hungry neighbors!