Renounce Actual Money...maybe A Lenten Devotion for Friday, March 10, 2017

Fridays in Lent are given to particular prayer practices. You are encouraged to pray in your preferred way every day. Fridays are for experimenting with prayer and seeing prayer as an action.

Today, let’s practice giving alms (donating money) to the poor. This is to actually do what Jesus advised to the young ruler from Monday’s devotion.

See also Matthew 6 for the essence of alms giving:

So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Here are some suggestions for giving...

  • Give to trustworthy organizations such as SHARE, UMCOR, Friends of the Carpenter.
  • Sign up for Clark County Connects email alerts. These alerts let you know of real immediate needs within the community vetted by counselors within the school system. For instance, this week, OUMC was able to help a family with ongoing medical challenges.
  • About cash directly to the poor: That’s up to you. The argument against is the possibility of enabling an addict. The argument for is trusting people and practicing generosity. I would advise to never give large bills.

Good luck with this practice. If you need help or want to share any insight, contact Pastor Christopher.

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