Practicing Generosity in Lent
There are many many ways to make space for God in your life during Lent. One tradition is the practice of almsgiving - giving money or food to the poor. The word "alms" derives from the greek "eleēmosynē" (ἐλεημοσύνη), which means "mercy" or "pity." It is the same word that is used in Matthew's beatitudes, "Blessed are the merciful (eleēmones | ἐλεήμονες)."
This Lenten season, our Wednesday evening series invites us to grow compassion through acts of mercy. One way to do that is by giving money to those in need. Consider taking one of our "Hope Chests" from Episcopal Relief and Development, and placing money in it each day. It can be a beginning of opening your heart to the poor, and maybe even an invitation to follow Jesus's example of coming alongside people who our society normally likes to forget.
The "Hope Chests" are in the back of the church. Take one home and return it to us on Easter Sunday.
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