This past Sunday, as everyone shared in the time of Joys and Concerns, I was struck by the amazing generosity of spirit that was shown. In asking for prayers for those in need, we also heard about how people of our community are giving of their hearts, time, energy, and bodies. This week, someone had put their life on hold to give a full week to care for a friend in a tough situation. Another had driven hours away to take care of a family member. And another had endured extensive preparation to make a life-saving body tissue donation.
Those are just the ones we heard about. I know that others of you reach out in ways large and small, give your hearts and time generously to people you care about, or even strangers. While such things may come to us as prayer requests, this is more than that. This is also encouragement for more generosity, establishment of community ethos, and demonstration of standards of engagement. These words are part of defining ourselves as a generous, engaged people, welcoming not just with words, but in physical ways, informed by faith.
You are a generous community. You are a privilege to serve among. Thank you!