We cannot do everything. God's reign is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our seeing and knowing. We plant seeds, knowing that they hold hope for the future. We lay foundations that will need further development. There is a sense of liberation, however, in realizing that. We can do something, and we can do it very well. We can take that first step knowing that we may never see the end of the road, the results of actions, the recipients of our giving. We receive and offer the gift of hope. The harvest will come.
I am a dirt gardener. Many of my days are spent "growing dirt," preparing the soil for future plantings. That is an act of hope. We know that we are only workers, not the Master Gardner. Accepting the gifts of silence, light, the guiding Spirit, and hope, we are co-creators of the future, which is in God's hands.
Creator God, God of all the yesterdays and all of the tomorrows, grant us the gift of hope. You give us breath; you give yourself in Jesus; you shower us with your Holy Spirit. Forbid us from keeping our gifts for ourselves. Forgive us when we attach strings to our gifts. We have received freely; may we give freely. Amen.
This stewardship story is from "The Gifts of God for the People of God" Theme Materials Starter Kit. "The Gifts of God for the People of God" theme focuses on the connection between the Eucharist and faithful stewardship. Use the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine volume 1 and the Starter Kit to create a congregational stewardship emphasis on "The Gifts of God for the People of God".
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