Practicing Generosity with Others
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This week the focus of our spiritual practice shifts from being generous with ourselves to being generous with others. Beginning today and continuing through Friday we will be reflecting on the question, “With whom in my life am I being called to be more generous, and how specifically might I do that?”
Shannon Kelly wrote yesterday about the connection between gratitude and generosity. Being thankful, and then expressing our gratitude to others are ways of both preparing for being generous, and for being generous. Think of a time when someone has expressed how grateful they are for who you are or for something you have done. How did that make you feel? Chances are even the memory still creates a feeling of well-being within you.
When we take time to be generous with others by sharing our gratitude for them, we make their day. As we prepare to enter the season of exchanging gifts, it is worth reflecting on how easy it is for us to give the gift of our gratitude to another. It costs us nothing but a moment of our time to express, in words or by actions, the gratitude we feel.
We would like to join Shannon Kelly’s invitation to keep a gratitude journal by including a place in the “Making it personal” section this week to record three things each day for which you are grateful. We also invite you to think of one specific way each day you can be generous with someone else in your life.
Making it personal: Three things I am grateful for today:
I was/will be generous with someone today by _______________
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.