August 23, 2017
St. Rosa of Lima
Who Gets It?
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of a local park, preparing for a run. My door was open, and stuffed in the side pocket were some packs of children's religious materials I'd been sent as samples. I was going to leave them at church.
A small boy trotted up to me. He spied the brightly colored papers in the side pocket and grabbed them. I instinctively (but gently!) reached out and took them back. But then I thought, [i]why not?[/i]
So I tore open the packet and gave him a booklet. Within a second, a little girl ran up and held out her hand. I gave her one. Their mother called, they raced away, showing her what they'd been given.
[i]They weren't for those kids[/i], I'd thought at first, holding back. That's not who they were for. But then it had come to me--maybe it's exactly who they were for!
Generous God, teach me to discern how to share what you have given me.
- Amy Welborn
Judges 9:6-15|Psalm 21:2-7|Matthew 20:1-16