“GOD has given us two hands__one to receive with
and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding. We are
channels made for sharing. “
My parents told me the story of a gift brought to me by my God parents, a chocolate bar. I was five years old, and their visit was due to a special occasion. My Dad had been ordained to the priesthood. I remember the table set with food for a crowd.
Our neighbors with their daughter and son were there and I unwrapped chocolate bar, and inhaled the scent with a smile. I snapped to give each a piece. One for each parent and one for each friend, two for my Godparents, and two for my parents. The eight pieces completed the bar. What about you? asked my father. Even though some tried to give me a part of their piece, I was perfectly happy to share it all with them. I don’t remember the incident yet my parents repeated it enough that I certainly lived up to the joy felt in giving. Perhaps we give what feels so abundantly available simply because there is greater pleasure in seeing the satisfaction in others receiving.
The delight to give is apparent in children.
Pastor Billy Graham was a sort of shepherd who sought God’s flock to deliver the faith, the hope, the love, the wisdom filled Bible. His mission’s message continues to shine like a candle whose flame lights and warms the room in our hearts. He gave so much for so many to receive.
We all can.
“ Everyone must work to live, but the purpose in life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Only then have we ourselves become true human beings.” __Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer’s life is an inspiration of a man with a complete education dedicated to humanitarian assistance. By the age of twenty nine he had written three books, he loved Bach’s music, and his exemplary life shines on… His devotion to his work, just as Pastor Billy Graham’s, inspired others to fulfill their dreams. Their encouragement was designed to light the way for others. Their patience moved mountains as their faith the size of a mustard seed, could and would not be snuffed out. Their mission was charged with divinity. Their humanity called out to humans; they heard the cries and responded with their love.
Like all of us, both men felt the pangs of rejection; their flame, however, rekindled.
” Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” __ALBERT SCHWEITZER
The up close image of the angel on the tree trunk as discovered in Bible Study on Maui appeared at a glance. Look and see the signs all around waiting to be found. God gives us the clues. Angels sometimes are in being the light. Sometimes they are humans in the light. Sometimes they can be recognized and when two meet, the path is lighter, brighter.
” Believers, look up–take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.” __BILLY GRAHAM
When I discovered the verse below, I decided it was time to read the Bible with a magnifying glass. I still hope we can all be star-shine daily. We can. We can give from this light within us.
“This light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” EPHESIANS: 5:9
Please share your thoughts with me… God bless you.