Two Simple Acts

As we enter the harvesting season, I am currently reading the book One Simple Act, by Debbie Macomber. Her book relates various ways of “discovering the power of generosity.” Debbie uses scripture and life stories to narrate the power of being generous, even if it is through the simplest of acts. It’s an easy, uplifting read.

During October, we will be re-establishing Tables of Grace dinner groups at church. This is a fun way to meet other people while sharing a meal together. After all, eating is something everyone has in common and eating with others is so much more emotionally healthy and fun. The Bible has many stories of people sharing meals together and offering up their house to travelers and others in the area. We too, can share our hospitality and in turn allow others the chance to return their hospitality. Not sure it’s for you, or that you’ll serve the right foods, or have everything clean and ready to go? That’s likely what the others in your assigned dinner group will be feeling as well. Debbie MacComber has a chapter on hospitality as well and she suggests “…we offer what we have.” That makes it seem pretty simple.

Consider signing up. You can divvy up the meal so everyone can bring something. As a family, when we reflect back on our church potluck dinners growing up, the one thing we remember is that they almost always included some type of Jello salad.

So I encourage you to do just two simple acts. One, be sure to read One Simple Act and two, sign up for Tables of Grace. Singles, couples and families are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Take time to enjoy the fellowship of others and share in an occasional meal together (with or without a Jello salad).

“…that which we have seen and heard you proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.’’1 John 1:3 (RSV)

Dear God, you speak to us through acts of generosity that we receive from others and even more powerfully, by the acts we do for others. Help us to listen to you so that we seize the available opportunities to help others. We pray for guidance and compassion. Amen.

Wendy Saathoff

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