Giving and Receiving

We live in a Granny Cottage on the grounds of our daughter, son-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren. About two weeks ago our grandson first started feeling ill – sore throat and fatigue. Then his sister came down with similar symptoms but they included a headache. They both seemed to rally over the weekend. On the day after Valentine’s day my granddaughter did not feel well enough to write a cycle test. Her brother, meanwhile was able to play a cricket match in the afternoon.

The school required a doctor’s note and it ended up with a Covid test that turned out to be positive. Meanwhile our grandson took a turn for the worse after the rigours of the cricket match. Then our daughter got sick and, on Saturday afternoon, after the aborted hot air balloon ride, our son-in-law came down with a fever.

Between going to bed last night and getting up this morning, I developed a sore throat, slight cough and a strange feeling in my respiratory passages. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to deduce what’s wrong with me.

We decided to isolate and spent some time giving our apologies for various activities.

It wasn’t much after ten when a food parcel arrived from a member of our fellowship group. It was so timely because Tuesday is normally our shopping day and there was not much in the house.

Another member of our group offered to bring us a cottage pie. I feel so overwhelmed and blessed. I almost feel like a fraud. I’m not feeling that sick. In pre-Covid years, I would have gone to work feeling like that. I would have taken medication but still put in a full day’s work (maybe with taking short naps with my head on my desk in front of the computer.) I feel like I want to pay back the kindness. But then I stop.

It is true the Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 ESV) However, Christians need to be able to receive gratefully. If we cannot receive gratefully a gift of love, which blesses another person more than it blesses us, according to Jesus, how can we accept God’s indescribable gift without trying to earn it or pay Him back?

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV)

So, to my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Thank you. And to all other Christians who bless each other and support each other in time of need, thank you. I am sure a time will come when I can bless somebody else.

My Prayer

Jesus, my Master and my Friend, Thank You for all Your gifts to me, including the gift of eternal life, the gift of Yourself. Thank You for friends who show their love in practical ways. Teach me to accept gracefully. Amen.

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