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First day of December. Wow, last first day of the month in 2023! Happy birthday to all the ones born in December.
Hope everyone enjoyed last Saturday’s game or think there’s always next year! It was a hard fought game by all! I had a house full that was divided, so regardless of the play, there was noise and excitement. At the end of the game, some were happy and others sad, which is the expected outcome of any game. There can only be one winner!
Then on Sunday, I hosted the Boyce and Mary Ward family holiday get-together which including guests was almost 65 people. Everybody brought food, so the table was overflowing. Missed those unable to attend or no longer with us. Each year that passes, I’m just blessed to be able to do this. While most of us have Facebook, there is nothing like having that physical connection, which seems too often to be at a funeral.
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department will not have bingo or the Neighborhood Watch meeting in December. Don’t forget about the Richville Crafters needing supplies, so as you decorate and then take down remember to box up any decorations that you no longer use or want. Also, if you’re cleaning out and have crafting supplies, we’ll take anything!
This is the week for the Lottie Moon Christmas Mission offering in most Baptist churches, starting Sunday and ending the next Sunday. The monies collected are for international missions supported by the Southern Baptist Convention with 100% going to support missionary presence.
This year’s theme is “Impacting Lostness Through Your Generosity.” It is named for Lottie Moon who devoted her life to witnessing to the lost in China.
This week my Bible verse is about generosity. Generosity…what does it mean? The dictionary defines it as the quality of being kind and generous or the fact of being plentiful or abundant. Luke 6:38 reads, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Jesus tells us in this verse that by giving to others or being kind or generous we will receive it back from Him. He used terms that His followers would understand about a full basket of grain that has been pressed and shaken so it would hold more. Good deeds are not always rewarded here on earth, but God sees.
He is reminding us how we should treat our enemies or those that hurt us. We should let go of the instinct to “do unto others as they do unto you” mentality, but turn the other cheek. Being vindictive is never the answer. We may not receive a material reward here, but the benefit is far more important regarding our heavenly reward.
Pray for those in our community that are experiencing sickness, as well as those that are grieving with the loss of a loved one. We need to remember the shut-ins and their families, as well. So please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!