More thoughts today on what sharing means, its importance and challenges… Also, here are a few more images to reflect on, some that could be printed out and colored (if you choose to do that, PLEASE, please send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org). We always like to see your engagement with art, and especially any original artwork you care to share!
I think particularly of these words from Paul the Apostle: “So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8) So yes, dear ones, share food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities, but also especially your faith and hope in God, and YOUR VERY OWN SELF.
This is what Jesus’ early followers did. The book of Acts recounts: “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number…” (Acts 2:44-47)
It was The Way of Jesus’ teachings.
The Bible also describes the life of the early followers this way: “Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and … everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.” (Acts 4:32-34)
When we are generous with what we offer, God multiplies it many times.
We need to share ourselves, our joys and sorrows, as well as our prayers. And give comfort to those who long to hear a good word or need uplifting in any way.
Our generosity could reach around the world!
We each have gifts we can bring…
and blessings we can pass along.
Of course, this means sharing in the struggle for justice and the work of growing equity too.