Midweek Devotions

Givers that Keep on Giving

 

This was an awesome weekend at Prince of Peace/Principe de Paz! I was amazed on Saturday morning as I watched a seemingly endless stream of cars come through campus for our Food Pantry distribution. I was so proud to see all the hard-working volunteers in their red shirts serving so many people- and doing so with big smiles on their faces. When I volunteer at the Food Pantry distribution days, I had always been part of putting the food into the clients’ carts, or in more recent times, cars as they drove through. Last weekend though was different for me. I ventured out into the line of cars before they reached the food stations. I was passing out flyers for the next day’s Trunk or Treat. As I stopped at cars, so many of the clients expressed thanks for the Food Pantry and all the other outreach ministries that happen in our neighborhood. It was a blessing to hear that what we do for the community matters in the lives of so many of our neighbors.

The next day, we met more than 450 children and their families for Trunk or Treat. Again, dozens of volunteers gave of their time, donated candy and other prizes and even braved the rain to serve our community. As a result of that event, I am following up this week with many families who took time to request more information about our church, Sunday School, Preschool and Youth Ministry programs. I also heard lots of comments from many of these neighbors that they love that their neighborhood church cares for them.

Serving the community and caring for the needs of others can be hard work! It involves lots of time, planning, effort, service hours, sweat and often sacrifice. Servants might be tempted to think about what they could be doing instead of serving their neighbor. But when you give of yourself and serve others, you are following in Jesus’ footsteps, and it is so worth it! Saint Paul said it this way, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help those in need, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus himself, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts20:35

We are blessed to be a blessing and can give because we have received so much from Jesus our Savior. We cannot outgive God, but we can share his gifts generously- our time, talents, and treasures. After serving here for a few years, that is my lasting impression of God’s people here at Prince of Peace/Principe de Paz, we are the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus — serving Him and the community here in the Heart of Orlando.

Dear Jesus, thank you for modeling for us how to love and care for our neighbor. Help us to give generously to our community as you pour your blessings into our church. Help us to make our love for you obvious in how we serve others. Amen.

Eric Gerken | Director of Family & Youth Ministries

11.17.2021


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