For You…This small phrase has two meanings: “You” first and foremost represents God; and secondly “You” represents each of us. The first blessing of generosity is experienced both by God and by the giver. God’s blessings are intended to flow freely from one life to another. God is blessed when we open our hearts and allow ourselves to be conduits of God’s love to all. When we live as generous people, we experience the rich blessing of wholeness through connection to God and one another.
…and For the World: There are many in our world who are praying right now for God’s blessings. God answers those prayers by gently tapping us on the shoulder and whispering in our ears, “My children are crying. My children are hungry. My children are afraid. My children are dying.” When we open ourselves to God’s call and generously offer our gifts and resources for God’s mission of life in the world, God takes our offerings, joins them with the offerings of others, and multiplies them to be a blessing for the sake of the world.
God told us that real life would be experienced fully when we engage in deep, intentional relationships and when we serve one another. Abiding Hope acts as the table where all are invited to gather and where we grow together by moving Forward in Faith!