‘When my children were small, we were on very little income. One day, there was nothing left in the cupboard or the fridge. I prayed with the children, thanking God for his goodness.
'We went to the park. When we returned, there were bags of groceries on the doorstep. The children called it "angel shopping".
'For them, the excitement was that the “angels” didn't just buy biscuits... they bought chocolate biscuits!
‘This happened on several occasions, we never found out who had been so generous.
‘Now we have a steady income, I love surprising people with unexpected gifts. I remember that angels don't just buy basics, but chocolate biscuits too!’
‘Rangeen is a Yazidi woman who works for Tearfund in Iraq, along with me. For Yazidis, the people around you are to be valued more highly than you value yourself.
'Rangeen goes shopping for snacks like chocolate and drinks. She comes back to work with a bag full of goodies. Then she goes around the office and ask if anyone wanted anything she'd bought.
‘She makes sure everyone is looked after before her own needs. And often returns to her desk without any of the items she bought.
'It is such an act of generosity. I've been trying to follow Rangeen's example more and more as it’s such an inspiration to me.’
Marika Pietsch (Programme Manager for Tearfund in Iraq)
Think of a time when you have been inspired by generosity. Or when someone else’s generosity has left you wanting to pay the kindness back, or forwards.
Ask for God to kindle a greater realisation of his generosity towards you and your loved ones. Pray that God will inspire you through this to become more generous towards others.
*Some names have been changed by request for anonymity.