Water and the Word: Gifting

December 21, 2017



She was a woman of modest means, 

not so much because she couldn’t 

have succeeded in a vocation 

with greater remuneration, 

but because she chose 

to do what she loved. 


Through the inevitable cycle 

of the circle of life, 

her parents had both recently 

joined the church triumphant, 

and the probation of their estate 

had left her a sum of money 

which would have taken her 

decades to accumulate. 


She visited me, her pastor, 

sporting a wide smile, 

glowing with the possibilities 

of what this money could do 

for the mission of the church. 


It took a few conversations 

and committee meetings to find 

a match between gift and need. 


Finally came the day 

when she arrived 

with check in hand. 

When all was said and done, 

she turned to leave. 


These were her parting words, 

“I never feel so rich 

as when I give 

something away!” 


That’s the day I began 

to more fully understand 

the richness of gifting. 


© 2017 Todd Jenkins



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