Luke 3: 10-14
10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized.“Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
And what should we do? We, members of Pilgrimage United Church Of Christ?
What strikes me about John’s teaching is that he is not asking us to do the impossible. He’s asking us to do our very best. This passage is a reminder that everyone has always had questions about how much giving is enough. Because it is Christmas time, we think about giving a lot this month, but our community gives all year long. It’s rare that I pass the wooden boxes upon entering the church to find them empty. I look at Pilgrimage as a community of givers. Everyone at PUCC seems to be a shining example of what John is teaching. The longer I am part of the Pilgrimage community the better student I become.
Father, Mother God, let me wake up each morning knowing that I have more to give than I realize. Let me be mindful that empty hands, empty hearts, empty plates, empty closets, and empty souls are waiting for me to share the gifts you have abundantly bestowed on me.