Receiving the Gift of Generosity
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. … And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. - John 1:1-5,14
During our journey together through the season of Advent, we have focused on how we can practice generosity with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Our shared journey has brought us on this day to the celebration of the most generous gift of all, the gift of God’s love for us expressed through the birth of Christ.
At the beginning of our journey, Randall Curtis invited us to avoid the cultural distractions that pull us away from focusing on a life of generosity. Shannon Kelly showed us that practicing gratitude and practicing generosity are intimately connected. Brian Cole reminded us that the practice of sharing well with others is a habit that often needs improvement our entire lives. And Amy Cook inspired us with a fresh interpretation of the story of Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, and how important it is to create space for one another’s stories.
Today we focus on receiving the gift of generosity, specifically God’s generous gift of the love of Christ. Listen anew to the opening words of John’s Gospel, through the lens of what we learned about the root meaning of the word generosity being to give birth, to create a new beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.”
What does that mean to you this Christmas Day? What meaning might you carry forward with you as a reminder of God’s lavish gift of Love, and how you might remain open to continue to receive the gift of God’s generosity?
It has been an honor to walk this journey with you. May the Light of Christ continue to generously shine in and through you.
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.