We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on September 1, 2015.
Prayer: Help me to be generous, God, and feel the blessing of giving to others. Amen.
Reading: Proverbs 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I love the book of Proverbs. They don’t normally come up during the lectionary but this month, there is a series of readings from this book of wisdom as an option. So, I signed up to write on them throughout this month.
In our assigned reading for today, I really like the reminder “those who are generous are blessed.” When I was first starting out on my own, I was reminded that when I got paid, I should give my “first fruits” to God. Someone told me that if I do that and be generous with my giving to others that God would provide for me. In the last 20-plus years, it has been my experience that is the case. Even in very lean years, if I still kept up with my giving to the church and charities, I’ve been able to balance my finances.
Blessings come in many different forms. Being generous in your giving of money, time, and treasure are certainly ways to feel blessed this and every day.
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