My wife and I don’t like fig jam, however we like fig paste.
Recently Avril was making some fig paste from some figs we had been given.
We look forward to sitting down with some dry biscuits, cheese and the homemade fig paste.
All of this led me to think about giving.
Friends had given us the figs, because of someone else’s giving, we have the blessing of being able to enjoy something we like.
On the West Coast I see a lot of people giving, using their time and talents to benefit their communities.
In different cases the giving goes beyond a local context and expands into a global context.
Each act of giving, no matter the size, I believe, is never useless.
Aesop, a storyteller from thousands of years ago, wrote: “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
Even though this saying is old, it is still quite relevant today.
Do you have something to give?
Some figs, some other fruit or vegetables? Maybe you could give some time to a friend, or time to one of the wonderful volunteer agencies around Ceduna.
I am sure any, yes any, act of giving to benefit someone else will be well received.
A few short weeks ago we remembered people giving the ultimate, their lives.
We remembered past and present military people.
All of them either gave or are giving of themselves for our country, our freedom, our way of life.
Another human gave of themselves, a few thousand years ago.
God gave the most precious, perfect gift to humanity: that is Jesus.
Not only did God give Jesus, Jesus gave Himself for all humanity. Jesus was fully God and fully human, when He cut Himself, He bled just like we do.
What God and ultimately Jesus did in giving has benefitted humanity ever since.
All we need do is take up Jesus offer of forgiveness, His offer of love and eternal life.
He gave of Himself so that we could spend eternity with Him. Are you willing to give yourself to Jesus?
Reverend Barry Luke
Ceduna Anglican church