Almsgiving {Lent Reflection}

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
In my last Lent related post Meaning of Marriage, I mentioned my desire to share more positive thoughts and acknowledge blessings.  Today I wanted to focus on giving alms.

Almsgiving is one of the pillars of Lenten practice. We are taught to donate money or goods to those in need and perform acts of charity.  Instead of talking about how I have been giving back this season I want to thank those that have given alms; to those that have helped me in my times of need and that continue to offer their wisdom, services, kindness, time and charity to me or to causes I support.

Charitable contributions – my parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts/uncles, friends and so many people that have given up cold hard cash to help further my dreams (from college meals to credit card payments) you charitable donations were appreciated, I can’t give you tax write-offs for them but you have my never-ending appreciation.
Community Work – I have been involved with several non-profits over the years and have pestered many of my friends to contribute time and energy. Thank you to all those that have run with me, walked with me, volunteered with me or given me the opportunity to give back to our community or others including those that participated in Skye’s the Limit, Susan G. Komen Race for Cure, Akron Racers Charities, Girl Scouts of America, Diamond in the Rough (wellness walk), YPN, and anything else I have emailed or posted about.

Physical Donations – I really want to thank my mom and grandmothers on this one. So thank you ALL for letting me raid your pantry, closest, garage, refrigerator, and storage room for parties, business stuff, and general home needs. I also want to thank those close to me that have let me borrow material possessions for the greater good.
Giving out of Love – a recent addition to my family (i.e. Baby A) has showed me how blessed I am to have so many special people in my inner circle. Many of my friends and family gave advice, supplies, clothes, toys, and literal open arms strictly out of love for a beautiful baby in need. Aside from the Cordier and Moores that helped out I want to give special thanks to the following families Browns, Jacksons, Kelleys, McCollom-Gaines, Outlers, Pitts, Gooden-Landers, and Banks + Company!  Aiden loves you guys and so do I!

I just really want to say thanks again to all the kind souls in my life (past, present, and future). So many people contribute to our success in this world; it is important it is to pay it forward and equally important to give thanks! So THANK YOU to any and every one that has helped me or helped me to help others!

"Prayer and fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness ... It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life" (Tob 12:8-9 New American Bible)

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