Today, the New Testament reading assigned for Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer is 1 Peter 1.3-12.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1.3)
As we draw nearer to the birth of the Christchild, we also know that the story of his birth continued as Jesus grew to be a man, died and rose again. Through his Son, God sent the Saviour of the World. I am mindful that in a dark and sometimes unrelenting world, God has given us so much. His love and generosity of global proportions, as we are reminded again during this Season, is very soon to be revealed in a manger, because there was no room, no giving elsewhere. God gave so much in self-sacrificing love; as the hymn sings ’emptied himself of all but love’.
I also like this quote from The Rt Revd Richard Inwood:
Generosity isn’t measured by how much you give; but by how much is left over when you’ve finished giving.