To summarize, love is expressed through giving. On our Alaska trip, we planned ahead and took advantage of accumulated points from a credit card to use for free flights for part of our journey. The leg of the trip from Little Rock, AR to Portland, OR was paid for this way.
As we spent the night there, I received a gift when I visited a small church and two sweet, elderly ladies noticed my ragged paperback travel Bible and hunted in the library for an older leather-bound copy. (Sometime we get upgrades on our journey.)
The verse that came to mind today was John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (RSV)
My husband’s dad gave us lodging as well as a vehicle to use. His extended family gave us a feast with salmon that had grilled. During the meal, we heard about one young man’s volunteer job in giving his time on weekends to work downtown in Anchorage on weekends to get over-imbibing teens off the streets into a safe haven.
As mentioned before, several Good Samaritans gave ttheir time to stop and give our loaner car battery a jump to get us back to civilization.
I am grateful to have received so many things (as well as intangible blessings) over the years. Whether we are giving or sharing, keep in mind that our contributions do matter in the larger scheme of things.