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Giving From the Hand of God

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  • Author: Gary Langness is an ELCA Pastor.
  • Updated: 11/17/2009
  • Copyright: Gary L. Langness

God has big hands and generosity flows from those hands. They run over with abundant gifts for all people - no holding back, no sense of scarcity, no fear of giving too much, even the willingness to give to us the gift of Jesus. So when we give we do it with great joy and generosity because there is always more where that came from, in the hand of God.


GIVING FROM THE HAND OF GOD

Several times each year I have the privilege of preaching, teaching or speaking about stewardship. Last fall I the guest speaker at a congregation's leadership dinner. The large group of was polite, gracious and attentive. I enjoyed everything about the evening immensely - the food, the fellowship (and the guest speaker). When the evening was done, as I headed for the door, an elderly woman walked up to me and said very matter-of-factly "Pastor, I came from the Netherlands and we had a saying, 'We give from the hand of God'."

Her words kept running through my mind on the long drive home. That woman understood. She spoke those words to me with gentleness and conviction. Of course we give from the hand of God. All we have is a gift given to us by an abundant and generous creator. God has big hands and generosity flows from those hands. They run over with abundant gifts for all people - no holding back, no sense of scarcity, no fear of giving too much, even the willingness to give to us the gift of Jesus.  So when we give we do it with great joy and generosity because there is always more where that came from, in the hand of God.

I give thanks to God for that elderly woman who took the time to teach me all I really need to know about giving and where it comes from.  I wonder why that congregation invited me to speak when in their midst was a woman who already understood?!


Gary L. Langness
4-28-2008

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