Friday, November 25, 2016

God is a Lavish Giver

Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Message

When I was a child, the twelve year old girls Sunday School class was taught by Mrs. Lounette, a widow with a heart of gold. When Christmas came around that year, she presented our class with a choice. We could spend our treasury on a Christmas party for ourselves or.... we could buy clothes and groceries for a needy family. She gave us some time to think it over.

I wouldn't be telling this story if we had decided on the party. The cupcakes and Coca Cola would have been long forgotten.

So we all went together to buy socks and gloves for the young children. When we got to the grocery store, our little fund seemed to buy more than we thought, as the owner, Mrs. Woods, piled a fat turkey, bag after bag of groceries, and peppermint sticks into our cart.

I still remember stepping up on the uneven planks of the slanting porch and seeing the door open - the mother so young and thin, the children peeking from behind her skirt. Although it was a cold gray December day, the kids were barefoot and the house was chilly, with only a small coal heater.

How happy they were opening their gifts. We left three kids with big smiles, warm toes, and sticky faces, and more gratitude in our own hearts.

7 comments :

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What a powerful memory for a young girl...such a priceless lesson in life...to give rather than receive...and to see the hope and thankfulness in the eyes of the others. Such a valuable lesson to be taught to your young class...one that has had lasting effects. Thank you for sharing. It touched my heart.

Patsy said...

Thanks for the story of your childhood those were better day.
Have a fun week-end.

NanaDiana said...

Karen, That is just a wonderful story. It is sad to think in this country with so many riches that people can be cold and hungry. That really left a life-long impression on you. xo Diana

Susie said...

Karen, I love this post...for I once was one of those barefoot children , longing for food. Bless your sweet heart. xoxo, Susie

Mildred said...

Such a sweet story of the true meaning of loving our neighbors. I thank the Lord for the many fine Christians the Lord placed in our lives to lead by example in our childhood, including our parents.

L. D. said...

It is a great story. Lessons learned by doing the real charity. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

Michele Morin said...

What a high impact experience! Thanks for inspiring us to "go and do likewise"!

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