From the Church Window – MAY 2021

Giving beats taking every time. We all remember the magnificent efforts of Capt. Tom, who raised a fantastic amount of money by steadily walking around his garden. What can we learn from the example of people like Capt. Tom? How can their character and approach to life inspire us? Capt. Tom reminded us that giving is stronger than taking. Do you recall the way that the Prime Minister, upon his return to work from intensive care, described COVID-19 as an unexpected and invisible mugger? The intent of muggers is to take what belongs to someone else for themselves. COVID-19 has been taking lives, livelihoods, security and in some cases hope away from us since it came to our country. But in his walking Capt. Tom was giving to others as he resolutely put one foot in front of the other and in so doing raised a huge amount of money in sponsorship. His giving was mirrored across the country by countless acts of kindness that are motivated by love. Love gives, and love wins. Giving is stronger than taking. It’s through giving that we are beating this invisible mugger. But there’s more to giving even than that - not only does giving bless the receiver but it also blesses the giver too. Writing to the church in Ephesus St Paul says: ‘You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts chapter 20 verses 34-35.) Giving is good for you! It makes you feel good when you give, and that’s great too! I hope that as we emerge slowly from the depths of this pandemic we will be wiser, kinder and more committed to giving than ever before. Giving beats taking every time.

Rev’d Barbara