Stewardship Reflection – Missy Welsch
Early the morning, after I gave birth to my son, there was a quiet knock at my door. The hospital was just waking up and I thought maybe a nurse was bringing my baby to me. The door opened slowly and suddenly my dad appeared, gleaming smile and twinkling eyes: “SURPRISE!” Dad had driven through the night several hours, all by himself, eager to greet his new grandson.
So, you can see, there was not much of a leap as I began to grapple with the love of God. Growing up with a father’s delight enabled me to have a glimpse of how God sees me, how he feels about me, how he rejoices over me! I am deeply loved. It is this tender and fierce love which takes me through each day, a quiet awareness of His presence here beside me.
As I think about giving, it is impossible to separate this act from His vital and visible love. Giving can be seen in a broader sense of living a lifestyle which reflects our understanding of the depth of His love for us. Generosity is just a spirit of offering, of giving, of sharing. Possessions, therefore, become conduits of His love. I become more open to give as a result. I can’t imagine living any other way.
When we contemplate how to give, we inevitably are drawn to the Giver, the lover of our souls. He rejoices over us with singing!
The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17