Friday, June 29, 2012
Psalm 37: 21-22
The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving; for those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. NRSV
In the village in which I grew up in the 70s it was the practice for folk to cook and offer food to one’s neighbor. I remember on occasions running errands for my mother, taking food to the very home from which food was coming. It was not so much that people were hungry but people understood the value of communal living. I like to think that those were happier days. I remember one particular lady by the name of Louise, whom we called Aunty Weez, who always had small ripe bananas wrapped in banana trash tucked away in a basket under her bed. As children we enjoyed visiting because we loved getting those freckled bananas. I also remember Miss Icy whom you never visited without her offering you something to eat. She was known for her sweet potato pudding. Kindness, sharing and communal living was the order of the day. Yet, regardless of how little those folk may have had materially, poverty was never the word that one would associate with them. Their store basket was never empty but more than that, they were rich in spirit. When we give generously, God has more in store for us. As one individual so aptly puts it, ‘we cannot outgive God.’ Let us resolve to be more generous with our material goods, our smiles and laughter, because, after all, what are we on earth for if not to love, honor God and our fellow human beings, and make each other happy?