A Generous EyeWritten by admin on Oct 18, 2013 in Stewardship - No Comments
“He who has a generous eye will be blessed.”
There are many teachers who throughout the centuries have invited us to begin to see life with the eye of God. That is to begin to look at the creation as God would see the creation. That is to begin to see your neighbor as God sees your neighbor. To begin to see yourself as God sees yourself. And in seeing with the eye of God we begin to see with an eye of generosity, the generosity of a God who creates, the generosity of a God who creates each of us and calls us into life, the generosity of a God who names us each individually and who knits us together in the womb.
If we can begin to view our lives with that eye of generosity the possibilities of the world around us begin to show themselves. Life takes on a new hue and even the most arduous of tasks becomes an opportunity for the generosity of a generous God to shine forth. And, with that “generous eye” we see how the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of God imbues itself into the Creation, into our neighbor, into our Selfs.
Over the years many, many members of the community of Good Samaritan have shared stories about how they have learned to see through the generous eye of God and in turn have come to know the love, mercy, grace and forgiveness of God. How? Primarily by living in a community that is generous – generously in its ability to love and be loved. By living in a community that was present, generously, when someone was dying. By living in a community that walked alongside, generously, when someone was in pain. By living in a community that praised, generously, when someone was joyful. By living in a community that was always ready, generously, to hold a hand.
Good Samaritan has been, is, and will continue to be a community that sees with a generous eye because it has come to see the world through the generous eye of God. As a result Good Samaritan cannot help but give to the creation, give to their neighbors, and give to each other with a generosity befitting a people who follow a generous God.
I invite you again this year to participate in supporting Good Samaritan so we can continue the work of God in this place, at this time. Revbecca and I thank you for your support that allows us to also know that spirit of generosity. Our prayer is that we all know the fullness of blessing that comes from a God who bestows blessing with abandon, generously.
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