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March 10, 2018

The last couple of weeks have found me reflecting on the things that matter most to me. And to think about the ways that I invest in them, by giving my time and my resources and my trust.

Time is a precious commodity and we need it to buoy and maintain the relationships and the connections that sustain our lives and make days joyful.

Resources include our money, something which sustains organizations such as this congregation in this era when fewer have time to give and we rely more on paid staff. And also our special gifts, those talents that are uniquely endowed within us in a particular way. Right now, I think a lot about the ways I want to give my gifts and the places I want to do that.  I’ve been thinking a lot about our community and realizing that we are so fortunate to have so many of us ready to invest in it with all we’ve got.

Trust, that is the kicker. Our gifts of time and our resources also require that we offer what we offer even though we live in an uncertain world where nothing is absolutely promised. Some people would call that a faithful life. In the world in which so little is certain, trust is the ingredient that leavens the others. In as in so many organizations, finding ones that we believe in for the long term, even if every individual decision doesn’t make sense to us, is critical. We need time, talents, and treasure and also trust that what we are investing in today will be an invaluable legacy for other in the future. Someone did this for me and so I am able to partake in our precious community. My hope that we will continue to do this so that others will have that option in the future.

Time, talent, treasure and trust. Gifts we can give to that which is and those who are closest to our hearts.

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