The Joy of Giving

This is my “Pandemic Project.” It is a quilt pattern called “The Joy of Giving.” 

I began this quilt a week ago and I have been thinking of the pattern name since then.

It’s easy to think of things I don’t want to be giving right now:
– Hugs or handshakes
– Negativity and venting
– Colds, germs, and Coronavirus

In respecting the above “Do Not Give” goals, and in this time of uncertainty and insecurity, I have been thinking of ways I might be giving joyfully. What might it look like to follow the Golden Rule,  “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” in this context?

Here are some things I am trying to give and share:
– Presence—via phone, video chats, and handwritten cards
– Pick-me-ups—flowers, food, funny and uplifting music, and social media posts
– Prayer—for peace, healing, and patience

We want to assure you that we are praying for you. We care about you and your families. Our prayer is that God will do great works through his Body, the Church, during this difficult time. This is our chance to shine like stars in the darkness!

…that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life… (Phil. 2:15-16).

With much love,
Dot and Colin 

 P.S. Our organization is making every effort to meet on-line from many locations around the world to pray for you and all our partners in ministry. You can read about it in this encouraging message:

A Message From Roy Eyre, President of Wycliffe Canada

 To our valued partners in ministry:

In a season of disorientation and suffering we hold on to the hope that “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). As a Church (the unified body of believers around the world) we are called to seek God’s face, speak words of hope and truth and have peace that passes understanding. Here are some ways we can continue in prayer together:

1. For God’s presence and power to be with those who are displaced, anxious or suffering, and that His Word and His Church would bring fresh hope.
2. For God’s strength to be with those who are offering care to others.
3. For God’s Spirit and wisdom to guide decision makers and government officials.

Thank you for remaining faithful in prayer for Canada, the work of Bible translation around the world and Wycliffe members. For further information about Wycliffe’s response to COVID-19, please visit wycliffe.ca.

Praying with you,

Roy Eyre

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