She slipped me the envelope this morning as we crossed paths at church and said, “I’m so embarrassed; this is something I was given to pass onto you, but I’ve had it for the past year and forgot about it until I switched handbags today and found it!”
When I got home I opened what I thought was a letter, but out fell a gift voucher and a little note saying “You have been thought of and prayed for over the last 18 months“.
I looked at the date that the gift voucher was purchased. November 2021. Right bang when I had finished chemo and was waiting to start radiation.
Unknown to me until today, a group of parents at the school where I used to work had organised this gift voucher and had been praying for me during my cancer treatment last year.
I felt humbled, grateful, and amazed all at the same time. Then the thought crossed my mind “I don’t really need this; I’m no longer in treatment. I should give it back.”
Why is it so hard to receive? If I said I didn’t need the gift voucher wouldn’t I be negating the blessing it brought those beautiful ladies to organise it, the prayers that accompanied it, and their time?
God reminded me that I was blessed to be a blessing, and perhaps I could prayerfully use this voucher to purchase gifts to bless others?
So I chose to write a grateful and heartfelt “thank you” in reply.
What is it that you find hard to receive?
A word of advice from someone who cares?
In God’s kingdom, receiving is foundational. Our Christian walk begins with receiving the free gift of salvation found only in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who freely gave His life so that we may live.
When we understand and receive God’s love and forgiveness, that means we now have the capacity to truly love and forgive others, even the unlovable. Of course, we are a work in progress. But because we have freely received, we can freely give.
Yes, it is more blessed to give than to receive. But many times it is also necessary to receive in order to bless!
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