Faith Stories: A Grateful Giver
Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver.-2 Corinthians 9: 7
A lady and her husband own their own home just off Perkins Road. They are in their 70s and retired – both of them currently have health and mobility challenges. In their younger years, he was a day laborer and she a stay-at-home mom. She has told me that these days it is hard to live on their limited income. The groceries she gets from the Shepherd’s Market make it possible for her to pay for medicine and utilities she would not otherwise be able to afford.
Despite her troubles, this lady has a beautiful and caring spirit. One day recently, she rolled into the Shepherd’s Market toting an electric bread maker. She told us it was an appliance she no longer needed and thought that St. John’s could raise some money selling it in our garage sale. She also said that a neighbor was giving away a kitchen table and asked if she wanted it.
Again, this lady wanted to give back to St. John’s. She told me she took the table, not because she needed it, but so that she could donate it to our garage sale. Despite her challenges, this caring lady was thinking of ways to give back in response to what she’d been given. She is an inspiring example of a grateful giver.