Sunday’s text was that short passage in Mark 4 about light and giving, which at first glance, the two “themes” don’t seem to go together. I admit the sermon yesterday was not a deep theological treatise. But based on the responses I received, the simple idea of each of us bringing a little light into the world seemed to resonate with our congregation.
During stewardship season we talk a lot about sharing our time, talents and finances, and of course we can make a case for our generous acts of kindness as being agents of light. I think we can also conclude that today more than ever, we need to promote light because darkness is prevailing in all areas of our culture. It seems as if everyone is taking sides and woe be to the individuals on the “other side,” regardless of the topic being discussed.
I don’t want to get into a debate about giving, but I suspect that Christians who are generous givers have seen the light . . . and that light is Jesus. They have dedicated their resources to something that matters—and friends, ministry matters. You might not ever know the ways your gifts have transformed the lives of others. Or how your giving has transformed YOUR life.
This year, for the first time since 2010, we are entering a stewardship season without the leadership and encouragement of our dear friend Kerry Goldmeyer, who led several of our stewardship “campaigns” and served as our treasurer. Kerry (and Rick) was one of those Christians who “saw the light” when it came to using her resources for the kingdom. We read in Mark’s gospel yesterday, “generosity begets generosity,” and I can’t help but believe Kerry’s example has enabled our congregation to be more generous.
My prayer for all of us is that we won’t hide our light under a basket—we will put it on a stand for all to see, transforming darkness into light, one small gift at a time.
P.S. Stewardship packets will be mailed out this week.
Stewardship Dedication Sunday is October 27th