Anglican Mothers Union Australia Sunday 21 April 2019 Abundant life
Like everything in life, Abundance is relative. Consider our perception of ‘enough’ and sense of fairness, for example. Scrooge has everything at his fingertips but cannot perceive of richness. Bob Cratchit bore his wretched working conditions but found an abundant life in the love of his family. Dicken’s characters seem extreme but the point for a Christian – his novel is placed at Christmas, the celebration of God’s overwhelming generosity to the human race – is mindfulness of God’s good, true gifts around us everyday.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Grace in Tanzania is a participant in the Mother’s Union programme for achieve ‘spiritual and socio-economic transformation’. She speaks of the church savings group as having helped her life, family and church. ‘I did have anything to contribute. Now I can. Before, I couldn’t help another person.’ Abundant life for Grace is seen in terms of service for others. Thanks be to God.