Practicing Generosity with All Your Strength
Love will show us the way. … If it’s not about love, it’s not about God. - Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
The way of Jesus is the way of love. It is as simple as that and as hard as that. The simple part is loving those who love us, those whom we take delight in being with, and those who give us back as much love as we give to them.
The harder part is when Jesus calls us to love everybody, especially his challenging teaching about loving our enemies. In the polarized times in which we live, it is easy to divide the world into those whom we love and those whom we do not, but Jesus would have none of that. He calls us to love everybody.
We invite you to reflect on how you might be generous with, and extend love to, someone you may find difficult to love. This could be someone very different from you, someone not in your “tribe,” someone with whom you strongly disagree. Think of one specific person and take a moment to reflect and pray about how you could be more generous and loving with this person. It could be someone you will see or spend time with this holiday season. How might your change of heart help make this a more loving Christmas?
In the spirit of Michael Curry’s quotes, let Love show us the way to soften our hearts, and to remember that being generous with others is all about living out God’s call to love because, “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.”
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.