The Lord has given us gifts of grace, and calls us to grow to the fulness of life by accepting and using them.
Our Lives Become Treasure
Talents, like muscles, grow weak with lack of use and eventually can disappear altogether. Like muscles, talents are fully developed and strengthened only by regular and deliberate exercise. There is some risk when we first start to practice some talent, skill or opportunity, but we can trust that the Lord is willing to help us reach our full potential in his sight. Like the “worthy wife” we do this best when we remember to reach out our hands to the poor and extend our arms to the needy. As St. Paul reminds us, now is the time to practice our ability to imitate Christ. Only by regularly and deliberately moulding ourselves as his disciples do we allow the Lord to bring out of our lives a great treasure - fruit that will last.
When was the last time you wrote out a list of your ‘gifts’ (talents or opportunities)? What are two of your most important ones? What have you done this month to strengthen, protect or use them?
My thanks to the Social Committee, the many extra volunteers and all who participated on Nov. 8 in the International Pot-Luck Supper with their ‘pots’ of wonderful cooking from so many different cultures. It was a great success with the hall crowded with people enjoying each others’ company as they ate generous amounts of great food.
The next (simpler) event for the Social Committee will be a reception in the hall following the Music Ministry presentation in the church of an Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Sun. Nov. 30 at 3:00pm.
May the Lord guide and encourage us, giving us faith to see that he is indeed our true and lasting hope.