a retired minister living with his wife and animals in rural eastern Missouri
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As someone who has benefited from the charity of others over the past few years, I have to say, "AMEN". I remember going out to the mailbox one day when I was in cancer treatment. I opened a letter from a woman I hadn't seen in a few years. Inside was a check. She'd heard about my illness through mutual friends and... she remembered that when she was in college, my husband and I, though we had little ourselves, had helped her pay a bill she could not pay. We told her that we don't give out loans... we give out gifts and so we gifted her. That is a personal decision and something I might write about later. It gave her great joy to be able to give back to me in return.
My pastor always says that if God has blessed you, it is so you can bless others. I believe that blessing applies to our finances as well. If we stand before God with "closed hands" rather than "open hands" (giving hands), how on earth can we expect to receive?