Practicing Generosity in Thought, Word, and Deed
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. - William Arthur Ward
We are a little more than halfway through Advent, and we hope that this devotional is enriching your journey. If you have struggled to make time each day to read the reflections and respond to the prompts, don’t fret about it. There is no test, and there are no grades. Be gentle with yourself and simply use the reflections when they are helpful in nurturing your spiritual growth.
Every Saturday during Advent we invite you to take a moment to pause and integrate what we have learned during the past week. The most important learnings from the week are most likely personal, those that emerged for you as you interacted with the reflections and as you reflected on how to make what you learned personal to your own life.
In reviewing your notes and reflections this week around the theme of being generous with others, did you try the gratitude practice and write down some things that you were grateful for each day? Did you practice being generous with others in any of the ways that you were invited to do? Did you do anything new or different this week in light of what you thought or talked about? You might want to take a moment and reflect on any thoughts, words, or deeds from this week that you want to be mindful of as you journey through the remainder of Advent.
Making it personal: What was the most important insight you had this week as you read and reflected on being generous with others? Is there anyone with whom you would like to share this? Is there anything you would like to do based on this insight? Finally, you may want to pause and reflect again on the quote above from William Arthur Ward: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.