At this time of year, many charitable organizations, and churches, are asking for financial support. I don’t think this is what is meant by offering when we think of Advent. As we spiritually approach Bethlehem, we need transformation from this convoluted world of greed and want. Advent gives us time to reflect on our most hidden emotions and cries for God.
I am partially disabled and cannot do much physically, but I can offer much to many things. I am fortunate to be able to help organize and put into motion efforts to support the homeless, the forgotten, and the immigrant. My offering to God is service and love. Service where it is needed and love. . . always. God has blessed me with the ability and willingness to talk with anyone.
As I meet with strangers, I treat them as family members with all the love I can. We become instant friends and many times hug as we leave. Yes, even in this time of social distancing.
We offer each other prayers and praise to God; we can also offer the same to those we meet every day. Bless you in your offerings.
© Russell Kendall Carter