“Give…and Do Not Refuse”
Our default setting is to keep and to refuse rather than to give and to loan.
Forgive us, O Lord, for our hard hearts, for our hard heads, and for our hard ways.
Forgive us for living in the oxymoronic state of being “selfish Christians.”
Fill us with the grace, love, and sacrificial spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord who not only spoke these difficult words but lived in the most extreme way possible the kind of difficult life that gives meaning, power, and authority to the words.
Fill us with a Christ-like generosity that, as big a thing as it may seem to us, is but the smallest evidence of a Christ-like life.
“Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:42)