FROM: Lent Week 4 by Rev. Althea C. Taylor, Executive Pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene | March 19, 2020
The Witness of Grace & Generosity
“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you[a]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving”.
2 Corinthians 8:1-7 NIV
I am a self-professed news junkie. Usually very little of the daily news broadcast causes me anxiety. However, if I am honest with myself, the news this past week concerning the coronavirus, COVID-19, has affected me!
The onslaught reporting of an imminent global crisis looming large over our daily lives is unsettling. With each new day the growing magnitude of the crisis and its effects on daily life has become overwhelming. I finally had to turn off the news and refocus my thoughts.
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