“You will be enriched in every way to be generous on every occasion, and your giving through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For this ministry of service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanksgiving to God…” – 2 Corinthians 9:11, NIV
Have you ever wondered what would make Thanksgiving truly an act of thankfulness to God? Going to Mass and celebrating the Holy Eucharist is a great way to do that (Eucharist is Greek for thanksgiving). You can also show your gratitude to God for all of the blessings He’s given you by being generous to others. Sometimes that generosity might be financial. For example, you notice that the single mom who lives nearby doesn’t own a winter coat. Seeing her need, you buy a coat and leave it on her doorstep to be discovered.
But your kindness doesn’t always have to be a financial gift. You can also give of your time. Bake a sweet treat and take it over to a friend who’s lonely. Spend time at her house, sharing the dessert and having a heartfelt conversation. Let your friend know you care and that she can reach out to you anytime.
Another way to share your time is to help an elderly neighbor. Maybe he needs help mowing his lawn, fixing an appliance or cleaning out the gutters. Volunteer to spend a few hours this weekend doing these tasks.
God, You’ve given me so much! Now, I want to be generous to someone else. Please put a person in need in my path this week. Give me eyes to spot their need and the courage to act on it.
Jeff Arrowood is the Natural Family Planning Educator for the Diocese of LaCrosse.
You can contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org