Today is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is the day of the year that people are encouraged to make charitable donations. Giving of themselves to help others.
This is also our day to look at a prayer practice. So I wondered, isn't giving of ourselves financially a prayer practice?
Scripture from all traditions encourages faithful giving. The third pillar of Islam is charity. Jewish and Christian scripture is replete with descriptions of giving monetarily and ensuring that enough food is left for the poor.
- “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17-18)
- "Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? (Isaiah 58:7)
- And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship). (Quran 2.23)
The Hindu and Buddhist traditions also have a rich depth in charitable giving.
So, today, I encourage you to make your prayer practice concrete and to give charitably to an organization that you may not have had on your giving list yet! Especially consider giving to organizations that are working with the homeless and food at risk.
May it be so!