Thoughts on Uncommon Generosity
It is such a mystery how the hard and good, sacred and ordinary, life and decay all seem to mingle together in the everyday. If anything, the past 18+ months have highlighted for me the brevity and fragility of life. Even so, I have been surprised anew by the extraordinary creativity, goodness and strength I have witnessed from those in our community and beyond, as they extend uncommon generosity to others during these remarkably different and uncertain times.
I see it when we provide funds for rent and other expenses for families in our community who have been impacted especially hard by this pandemic.
I see it when parents make all the hard decisions and do their best to support the wellbeing of their families.
I see it as ReVillage, our childcare co-op partnership, re-imagines childcare and works to make it more accessible and equitable at a time when it is extremely limited.
I see it when children share what brings them joy during our online Sunday worship services, reminding us that light and life exist right now, even during a pandemic.
I see it as mothers, exhausted and feeling extra isolated, gather in distanced circles outdoors and share our hearts, joys and struggles during Mama Connect.
I see it as we take our time, even when it’s hard, navigating together how to keep each other safe and get creative in how we connect with one another.
I see it in the moments when we DO get to be in the same space together, even with masks and at a distance – because this is a deep act of love, also.
There is too long a list to make here of the many other stunning ways our community has shown up with uncommon generosity and great heart, but I hope you are watching too and know what a big part you play in all of this through your support.
Thank you – truly, from the bottom of my heart – for the ways you allow Love to show up in this world, both through you and the ministries of First Pres – I hope you see it. I know I do.
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