Our Synodical President, Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison has designated today as "Giving Tuesday," an "online effort to encourage people around the world to make a difference through charitable giving on a single day."
You can learn more about this effort at lcms.org/give/GivingTuesday.
On Sunday at Life in Christ we learned that the Lord is filled with great joy when His people do the "little things," like giving food and water to a hungry, thirsty person, reaching out to a stranger, providing clothing for those without, and visiting and caring for the sick and those in prison.
I asked our worshippers if they would consider doing one little thing this week that would bless another person and demonstrate love for Jesus. I noticed that we've starting receiving a nice food offering and that there are several coats in one of our offices. Hopefully, that pile grows so we can donate them to Phoenix Rescue Mission who will pass them along to those who don't have coats.
The events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri last night remind us that we indeed live in a broken and sinful world. The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." What good, simple thing can you do today for someone? Jesus says, "Whatever you have done to the least of these, my brothers, you have done unto Me."
God be with you on giving Tuesday. May the Lord inspire you to do one little thing for another person today.