There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~William P. Merrill
For weeks I have been asking for money gifts which is an odd use of words really. When you think of a gift you usually associate it with an unsolicited favor of love or friendship or celebration to mark a significant spot in time. Sometimes I feel like I’m applying for a job or a loan. But most of the time I am pleasantly surprised by what people decide to give The Sparrow’s Nest.
This month we have received diapers and wipes from a 5 year old’s birthday party. I have a couch, 2 chairs, and some end tables waiting for a living room. A copier is waiting for us to pick up. A woman has envelopes and stamps she would like to give to us. And then there’s the 16,008 other gifts we received in the past 14 days.
One of the most beautiful, most godly gifts we have been given we received last night. In the sanctuary of Zion Lutheran a small crowd gathered to hear the most heartfelt lyrics, the most innocent voices, and the most beautiful music I have heard in quite a while. We were fabulously blessed by the talents of Jonathan and Anita Clausing, The Lutheran High Chapel Band, and Harts on Strings. There was no pretense of professionalism, although each performer was of that caliber. No aura of authority, although each performer could have easily commanded it. Instead there was simple joy of sharing God given talent to spread love and grace and unity.
Yes, we still need lots of gifts of money. We are over halfway through our first goal of $30,000. There is no way around getting off the ground without lots of beautiful people giving back lots of what God has given them. But I still stand by that God will use anything you have to offer and He will multiply it as added blessings in your life and blessings for this ministry.
The story of the widow giving her last 2 coins in Mark 12:41-44 is powerful. Dan Maynes says the widow teaches us these things:
*The widow was noticed by God and Jesus. The people who gave out of their wealthy were noticed by their friends
* The widow’s offering of everything she had was a sign of complete abandonment to God.
* The size of the widow’s offering wasn’t the point. What really matters is the intention of her heart.
* The key to understanding this concept is understanding that it is not what is in your hand, rather what is in your heart that will build intimacy with God.
Offer your prayer, offer the people God has placed in your life that may help Sparrow, offer your gifts and talents, offer the $5 in your piggybank but don’t miss out on the blessings by thinking you have nothing of value to offer.