Recently, Rob Oulten delivered a service at the chapel based upon the theme of gratitude. He reminded us all that saying ‘thank you,’ or, to put it another way, ‘counting our blessings’ – can help us all to appreciate the most important things in life, many of which can ordinarily go unnoticed.
Gratitude was expressed by this little boy recently. He lives in Nicaragua and he is seen here holding a teddy bear that was donated to the Ometepe charity at our recent craft fair.
But it wasn’t just any teddy bear that was given – it was a childhood bear – something that had been held dear to the giver since she was a young girl but something that she felt called to give up for the benefit of somebody unknown but less fortunate than herself. Being (overly) attached to my own childhood teddy, this little episode touched my heart.
Rob reminded us of this New Testament story from the gospel of Luke. Luke 20:45-21:4
As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
It is not how much we give and receive; the value always lies in the spirit in which it was given or accepted.
May we all give and receive with gratitude.