Wednesday: Gifts for each other.
Wednesday’s readings: Deuteronomy 24:6-22, James 2
1 Peter 4:10 – Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.
Dear Father in heaven, you gifts to me are so many and varied. And they are all graces! You have given me property and possessions, more than even is needed to sustain my body and life. From my very first moments in my mother’s womb you were making me just as you wanted me to be – all my physical characteristics, my personality, my strengths, even my weaknesses. You made me just as you wanted me to be. You have shaped and made me through the many experiences and even the troubles of my life. Like metal in a furnace, you have tested and tried me shaping me. Most of all, thought the life of Christ, you have made me in his image to be perfect and holy. Dear Father, all of this is a gift of your grace. Help me to see that you have done all this not for my benefit, but for the good of people all around me. Yes, all these graces do benefit me. But these are not gifts for me, but mainly for the benefit of other people. Help me to remember this and to be a faithful steward and manager of these gifts for their good and your glory. Amen.
Stewardship is to use what we have and who we are for the good of others and the glory of God.