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give, pray, love

Posted by rayww on December 31, 2004, at 10:08:49

I was feeling maybe it was wrong to post the church's humanitarian aid site as a place of trust through which to donate to the recent disaster.,15503,3881-1-20741,00.html
But when I listened to the news this morning say that any agency that doesn't give at least 66% of your donation to the cause shouldn't be considered, I stopped feeling guilty.

If Rod or Dinah was saying this it might be better received, than if I do, but here goes: we give 100% to the cause, we are already organized in Asia with people who live or are stationed there, and our 11 million members world wide already contribute monthly to humanitarian aid. The first Sunday of every month we fast for two consecutive meals and contribute what we might have spent on them. This Sunday we invite all to join by fasting two meals for the needy, and uniting in prayer while fasting. Donate to whichever cause you support.

I plan to empty my bank account of all that is left after I pay off my speeding/photo radar tickets. Why? Because several years ago our family had an opportunity to donate specifically to the Etheopian famine fund. During a family meeting we gave each of our children the opportunity to donate. One by one each went to their room and brought back their portion. $1.00, $5.00, $.25, etc. One of my daughters went to her piggy bank and emptied it completely, giving all that she had, something like $20.00. I was so touched by that, and have always remembered it. This particular daughter continues to do all she can to help others. I want to be more like her.

Giving has more to do with the heart than the amount. There is power in unity. If we want to watch miracles unfold before our eyes, give what we can, pray how we can, and love.

Are we keeping balance?
spiritual: pray
emotional: love
physical: give

faith: Pray
hope: love
charity: give

I still see my daughter's eyes and feel her spirit as she lovingly gave all she had to the Etheopian children.




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