Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
Luke 6:38 (New Revised Standard Version)
Eight months and two weeks ago, my husband, Fred, and I moved from Little Rock, Arkansas to Macon, Georgia. It was a very unlikely move, given we had happily lived in Little Rock for thirty-three years. We have close friends, a son, and three precious grandchildren in Little Rock.
But here we are, miles away from what was our home. How did we get here? It was a matter of insistence on the part of my brother, my sister-in-law, and my cousins.
I had been very ill for a year. Fred took care of me singlehandedly. When my Georgia family saw the situation first-hand, they insisted that we move here so that they could be more available to care for me and support Fred.
During this season when we think about giving thanks, I am filled with gratitude to them for their care. To say that they are generous, loving and giving to us would be an understatement. When I think of them — Andrew, Linda, Tasia and Donna — and all they do for us, I stand amazed at such lavish love.
The Bible says, Give and you shall be repaid in good measure.” My family will most definitely receive as generously as they give to us, and the words of the Scripture will be true of them: “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
So today, as we prepare to spend Thanksgiving as a family, I am overflowing with thanks giving for all they are doing to care for us. So thank you Andrew, Linda, Tasia and Donna. You mean so much to me, and “I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you.” (Philippians 1:3)