This Easter, many of us will not be traveling to spend Easter Sunday with family or friends. We will not be congregating in a church. A lot of us will not be giving financial contributions to our churches or to a local charity because of unemployment or furlough. Everyone is struggling in some way this Easter – financially, economically, emotionally. So how do we get past this time of struggle and give alms during Easter?
Right now, not many people are in a financial position to give to their church or an organization. If that is your current situation, there is still a way for you to give during this Easter season. It may not come in the form of giving money. It may come in the form of giving up a travel-sized hand-sanitizer to someone without. It may come in the form of putting together a care package for someone who cannot leave their house. Maybe it’s adding on an extra meal to your takeout order for a local hospital worker. Maybe it’s leaving out a package of disinfectant wipes to the truck driver delivering your packages.
Speaking of truck drivers, I overheard a news anchor, as the closing music was being played, to remember to pray for the truck drivers. This is a group of workers who we are very familiar with from our childhood. I remember dad being gone for days or having to leave on a Sunday just to pick up his truck and hit the road. The hours were long. The work was exhausting. During this time, restrictions on drivers were few and employers did take into account the driver’s health and well-being. We are seeing some of the effects of that now with Dad’s declining health. It struck me that not a lot of people are paying attention to the long hours these truck drivers are working, pushing the current restrictions to the max (or in some cases, beyond) just to get the supplies to the stores and to your doorstep. Without them, our entire supply chain would break down.
We all have a gift to give this Easter. Again, your gift may not be going into a collection basket or in an envelope but we all have the gift of prayer. So I urge you, whatever you can give, please do so with a genuine heart and make sure you are giving out of love, for God.
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 2-3 NIV).
Let us know how we can pray for you.