I’m the sort of person who’s fairly judicious, I think, about what I repost on facebook. I’d like to think that, somewhere in the world, there’s someone who relies on me to post only the highest quality videos of cats falling into bathtubs, or whatever the case may be.
There’s a really wonderful piece of writing that I lifted from someone a few days ago and posted. It’s by an anonymous someone, writing in the voice of Cookie Monster, explaining in very clear Cookie Monster terms, exactly what the Occupy Wall Street Movement is all about. And it's very funny.
I watched as this link got “shared” all over the place, and thought to myself that it really is a marvelously egalitarian world that we’re living in these days, where, if you are clever enough, or do something well enough (or maybe do something stupid enough) and put it out there, it will get spread around.
There’s a certain joy in sharing these little gems on the web.
You pass something on because it is so wonderful
that all you want to do is share it.
And when you share it,
you don’t lose a thing,
because it was never yours in the first place.
This is exactly the model for giving
that Paul is lifting up in his letter
to the community in Corinth.
First, we give joyfully,
because something is so wonderful
that we feel compelled to share.
we find that our giving
actually enriches us –
that in giving away, we’re not losing anything,
we can give freely,
because everything that we give,
food and possessions and money –
it never belonged to us in the first place.
It’s all a gift from God.
As easy and as delightful to share as something lovely,
that we happened across on the internet.
Everyone is talking about the economy these days.
Everyone is talking about the recession.
Everyone is talking about how there’s not enough.
Not enough food to feed the world,
not enough jobs to employ those in our country.
I read Paul’s words in this letter,
God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance,
and think, “really?”
“Does God really provide us with every blessing in abundance?”
Does God provide for the family of four,
both parents unemployed for over a year now?
Does God provide for the man on the street
I passed just this morning?
Does God provide for the elderly woman,
living on only a pension?
For the millions who live in poverty around the world?
For the millions who go hungry or thirst around the world?
Does God provide for them?
There are many who do not have enough in this season.
But the hunger of the world
does not point to God’s inability to provide us with all that we need,
but to our own inability to share all that God has given.
God’s gift is vast.
Rich, nourishing earth to plant and to harvest,
trees that bear fruit,
oceans teeming with fish,
and great expanses of wilderness:
to feed the world
if we are both moderate and generous,
trusting that there is enough for everyone.
in the Occupy Wall Street movement these last few months,
speaks convincingly of the difference between a
in which more for you is less for me,
and an economy of love,
in which more for you is more for me too,
God’s economy is an economy of love.
It’s the youtube video gone viral.
It’s the knowledge that it all belongs to everyone,
and that to share is not to lose,
but to gain.
One of the things we do here at St. Lydia’s
is work together.
We work together,
and we invite everyone into that work,
setting up before worship and tearing down afterward,
not just because many hands make the job go faster,
but because we know that work is a blessing.
Does that sound backward?
Work is something that we think we’re supposed to try to avoid, right? The wealthy hire other people to do it for them, children balk at the idea of doing their chores.
But in God’s economy,
work is not a burden
but an invitation:
to use your mind and your body
to be part of a community, a body of people,
creating something together.
It is a blessing: an opportunity to be human.
A chance to live.
Giving is the same.
Giving is an invitation to share what we are and what we have
with the whole world.
An invitation to be part of binding what is broken together
and healing what has been wounded.
An invitation to unburden ourselves of
the illusion that any of this is ours,
and to turn away from our bank accounts and our belongings,
and toward one another;
To give is a blessing: an opportunity to be human.
A chance to live, and find that we can feed the whole world.