November is a month that marks our stewardship emphasis and also the National holiday of Thanksgiving. We rejoice and give thanks for the many blessings that we have received at God’s hand.
This year’s stewardship theme “Blessed to be a Blessing” speaks beautifully to a God Sighting moment that happened during this year’s CROP Walk. A little beyond the mid-point of our walk, Barbara Thatcher, one of our enthusiastic participants, was questioned by a man who was watching our procession, “what’s this for?” Barbara answered to help alleviate hunger. “I want to contribute,” he said, just like that! Barbara called me over to receive the donation on behalf of the group. He seemed to me like a man, who kindly put “looked down on his luck.” From his wallet that appeared to have but two or three one dollar bills, he drew one out and made his contribution, making that either one half or one third of what he had. I was moved by his act of generosity.
Remember the story of Luke 21:1-4? It actually happened in South Bethlehem on October 12, 2014. Stewardship at its heart is when caring meets generosity and love. Let Us Walk in the Light of God!