My grandmother came to Canada from Germany on a boat when she was 15 years old. Her father had sent her and her older sister to Canada to live with their older brother, a Lutheran pastor, because their mother had died and he was not able to provide for them. My grandmother never forgot the kindness shown to her. My grandmother never had many worldly possessions, but she had a lot of respect because of her giving heart. She never wanted to be recognized for what she did. She gave her family the love of a giving heart.
Paul is writing to the Thessalonians to let them know that they needed to reach out to all people and not be idle. Give from the heart. Not being idle has many different meanings: serving and working together to help otherssupporting our local food banksvolunteering at schools, food banks, or as a hospice volunteer, to name a few.
Our giving hearts are what Paul is speaking of. Do we listen? When we are doing what is right, we are serving others and as verse 12 states: we do our work quietly, without recognition.
Dear Lord, thank you for keeping us from not being weary in doing what is right. Amen. — DMF