Reading: I Thessalonians 5: 1-11 (Click to read text)
Reflection: I like the last verse of this passage a lot. As we've been talking this week about giving openly with unclenched fists, we've been reminded to give of ourselves through our time, talent, and treasures. But I think this verse reminds us of something else.
As we give, we also need to give encouragement and affirmation to others. Our relationships with our family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances are an important part of our lives. We need to build up those relationships, not tear them down. As we think about our giving habits, think of how often you encourage and affirm these loved ones in your lives. You'll be surprised at how much these kind words are appreciated! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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