April 22, 2018

Reading 2 Corinthians 9:10-15; 1 John 4: 19-21 (NRSV)

Do you write thank-you notes?

Have you ever written a thank-you note for someone’s thank-you note?

In essence, I do that when I thank people who contribute to a charity in memory of my mom. Their donation is a thank-you note to Mom for her contributions to their lives. I am thanking them for their thank-you note.

But where did Mom’s generosity start?

In 1 John, we read that we love because God first loved us. That’s where it starts. We give because we received God’s love first.

In second Corinthians, we detect the same process: “Your great generosity…will produce thanksgiving to God through us.” God supplies seed and bread. In thanks to God for God’s bountiful gifts, we share with others. The recipients are blessed, and they and all those who care about them give thanks to God. In addition, they give back to us in their prayers and appreciation for us. They give thanks for our thanks.

God gives, we give in thanks, and the giving begets more thanks and more giving.

It’s a good reason to give.

What does your thank-you note to God look like?

Who thanks God for you?

Let us pray. Bountiful God, we thank you for seeds and bread given out of your love for us. Help us to share what we have from you so that all the world knows the fullness of life you would have for them. Amen.

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