There was not a needy person among them,
for as many as owned lands or houses sold them
and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each
as any had need. Acts 4:34-35
Giver of all good gifts —
we take this opportunity to give to you our profound thanks
for your liberal and consistent generosity.
We give you heartfelt praise
for modeling a way of living that prioritizes giving.
May we, amidst all our myriad blessings,
cultivate the discipline of cheerfully giving.
Of those to whom much is given, much will be required.
May we not shirk our responsibility and our privilege —
that of feeding the hungry,
clothing the naked,
caring for the sick and the imprisoned —
of redistributing what we’ve been given
to those less fortunate.
And may we find in our service the joy and the peace
Jesus proclaimed in living for others. Amen.
~ written by John Ballenger, in “The Bread of Deliverance: Variations on a Scene.” Posted on the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee website.