June 13

“Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce.”  Proverbs 3:9

“Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”  Matthew 25:45

Spring … dormant life springs up.  We plant seeds and plantlings … flowers for color and cheer; vegetables for the table; corn and soybeans for livelihood; pleasure and sustenance … to enjoy, to tend, and to share.  I feel an overwhelming gratitude for the goodness of the earth where I happen to live.  Visiting other countries, I have seen farmers work the land with an animal and tiller; some by hand with rudimentary tools on steep hillsides; coffee coops working together to make a living.  Sitting with them at their table I have found them … Generous.

What is enough?  For some athletes and other celebrities, some CEOS, even several million is not enough.  We read about holdouts and buyouts, finagling and scheming to get more.  What is enough?  St. Francis and Mother Theresa left wealth behind and lived simply, caring for the poor and nature.  Many others have been called to give up comfort and conveniences – missionaries, Peace Corps volunteers, aid workers willing to accept a lower income to help others.  What is enough?  3 cars?  2 cars?  1 car?  A bicycle?  Bus tokens to get to work?  Perhaps a movie after paying rent and daycare?  A choice of what to eat – three times a day?  Enough to stay alive?  Then those who live in hovels and survive refugee camps have enough.  Really?

There is a saying:  If you think about yourself, you will always want more; you will never have enough.  If you think about others, you will find you have enough.

“Father, providing food for your children, your wisdom guiding teaches us share
one with another; so that rejoicing, sister and brother may know your care.”  Amen

(Prayer text:  Albert Bayly)

Verla Olson