We post a Forward Day by Day Meditation for every day of the year - and we invite you to consider them and talk about them here. If you'd like to comment, you can log in to Disqus with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google account; just click "Login," or the appropriate logo below. Or, you can sign up for a Disqus account; just use the entry form below, or click the "D" logo to start the process. You can find the past week's Meditations in the box at right (or below, for mobile users), or search for previous entries on the Archives page.
2 Corinthians 9:11a You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.
A man wearing shabby, ill-fitting clothes sat by me. Weeks of grime discolored his coat, and his hands were visibly dirty. As he approached, a smell reminiscent of a dumpster preceded him. Being a young and inexperienced traveler, my alert level rose to bright red alarm.
We sat in silence for a while, exchanging enough words to discover that we shared no common language. After what seemed like hours, my seatmate reached into his coat pocket and drew out a small, oily bag. He gently held out the bag to me. I nodded my thanks, took one of the three dates, and ate it. He sat a while longer and then left.
That night, I shared a bench with a rich man, not because of the little money in his pocket but because of the grace that lived in his heart. Generous people always have enough to share with others, not because of how much they have, but because of how much they’re willing to give.
MOVING FORWARD: In what ways are you rich? In what ways are you poor?