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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Circle of Giving

Today was day two of the roof replacement on our home. Temperatures were predicted to be in the 90's with high humidity, so the guys decided to start work at 6 AM again. They had hoped to have the job completed by supper time. As the morning rolled around, more and more guys (and some ladies) appeared, eager and willing to help.

By 11:30 AM they were finishing up the capping at the peak of the roof. Shortly afterwards, we all gathered for prayer and lunch. My husband and I expressed our deep appreciation for all they have each done to help us. It has been an overwhelming blessing. As the guys filed through the line, my husband and I were rearranging chairs so they would be in the shade instead of sunlight.

To our surprise, a young man came up to us and thanked us for the opportunity to serve. He shared how he had been in a similar situation where he and his wife needed help, and the church had provided for them. Now he was blessed to be one of the individuals serving and giving. It made me think of how much it must please God when He sees us reaching out and helping others. Perhaps that is when we are the biggest blessing, when we are going beyond ourselves.


Mari said...

That is awesome!! Happy you got a new roof on with the help of many. What a blessing indeed!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Glad you won't have to worry about a leaky roof any more! And also glad that you are able to graciously "take" when it's the other person's time to bless you with "giving"! Some people never learn to let other people get blessed too! I have a friend that just insists on "paying back" whatever good deed I try to do for her! I told her...jokingly....that she had to just relax and let me get a blessing for giving! :) Mississippi