The Bible says “the Lord loves a cheerful giver.” Of course he does, because God IS a cheerful giver. And God desires for us to know the joy and beauty of a generous life. But being generous is a struggle; a struggle that comes with fear, anxiety, even anger and resentment. The answer is not trying harder, or creating a better budget. The answer is God himself. Only when our souls are grounded in the riches of Christ can we begin to let go of our worldly riches.
New Testament Lesson: II Corinthians 9:6-11 (Rich in Christ, so that you can be generous)
Gospel Lesson: Luke 12:22-34 (The lilies of the field – do not worry)