By Michelle Carpenter
Nov 15, 2016

Give and it Shall Be Given Unto You

One of my favorite New Testament stories is about a widow living in a small farm town called Nain.

We don’t know her name, but we do know she’s dealt with extreme difficulties. She’s lost her husband, and her only son has just died. Not only has she grieved losing family–but, as a woman in ancient Israel, it would probably be difficult for her to survive.

She can’t participate in commerce. It’s difficult for her to become the breadwinner. She can’t vote. She probably can’t read. If she doesn’t find someone to care for her, her life may be that of a beggar. She may feel hopeless.

As her son is carried through the city, Christ appears. He sees the woman crying, and he encourages her, “Weep not.”

He tells her son to arise, and the son sits up and speaks.

These miracles are not uncommon in the New Testament. Rather, Christ gave, and gave, and gave. And, he invited us to do the same, “Give, and it shall be given unto you” (Luke 6:38). 

Other religious leaders also invite us to give:

  • “Give even if you only have a little” The Buddha
  • “What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.” Mohammad
  • The goods of the earth are meant for everyone, and however much someone may parade his property, which is legitimate, it has a social mortgage – always. In this way we move beyond purely economic justice, based on commerce, towards social justice, which upholds the fundamental human right to a dignified life.” Pope Francis

As Americans in modern days, we typically have been given much. We have food in our bellies, great medical care, education, ease of technology, plenty of rights, and more. So this season, remember to give back.

On Tuesday, right after Cyber Monday and Black Friday, we have the chance to participate in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday invites us to step aside from the holiday spending rush and do good for others by donating to a favorite charity.

Giving Tuesday says the following about its movement:

“#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.”

We invite you to help Boy Scouts by donating online to the Utah National Parks Council. Here’s some facts about what our funding goes towards:

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Whatever you choose to do this holiday season, remember what these snowy days are all about –giving. Spend the season lifting others, being kind, and cherishing religious beliefs.

Don’t forget Christ’s example of loving selflessness. He healed the sick, raised the dead, forgave sin, and helped the mentally afflicted.  Even when he was swarmed by people, he continued to give.

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34)

Michelle Carpenter

 

Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Specialist, Utah National Parks Council.

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