Psalm 126 NSRV
When the Lord restored the fortunes
of Zion, we were
like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with
laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for
us, and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like
the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears reap with
shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the
seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
One month after her wedding day,
33-year-old Cami Walker was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her condition soon left her barely able to
walk and put enormous strain on her new marriage. She fell into a deep depression. Then, Cami received an uncommon prescription
from a friend, an African medicine woman named Mbali Creazzo: Give away 29 gifts in 29 days.
The gifts, she said, could be
anything, but they needed to be authentic and mindful. Cami began her first day of giving with the
gift of a simple phone call. You can
read the rest of Cami Walker’s 29 day journey in her inspirational book, 29
Gifts. She is also the founder of a
global giving movement whose mission is to revive the spirit of giving in the
world. Her site, www.29gifts.org now has nearly 10,000 members.
I would love to say that this
exercise cured her disease, but it didn’t. It did, however change her focus from what she was losing to what she
could offer the world. She describes her
personal transformation as miraculous.
We all carry burdens. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to see
beyond our own pain. I wonder what
transformations might occur if even through our own tears, we too could sow
seeds of love and kindness.
Prayer: Loving God, Thank you for the gift of
giving. Help us to seek out places of
need in our world, so we might work to make it a better place for all of your
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