Last week I wrote a piece for the Messenger about the shootings in Las Vegas. I intended to write a follow up piece about it this week, but Donna Dillon beat me to it. Below you will find the Stewardship Message she gave in church on Oct. 8 th which perfectly encapsulates what I had wanted to say. Way to go Donna! Thanks! ~Pastor Beth
As Pastor Beth wrote in the Messenger, I, too, cannot wrap my head around the Las Vegas shooting and the evil that perpetrated it. But as with other inexplicable acts of violence, there are so many examples of God that surface - wounded people helping others that were wounded more seriously than themselves; people using their bodies to shield oth-ers, some known by them, but others that were strangers; monetary dona-tions pouring in to help the victims and their families; and businesses providing meals, accommodations, and airfares to the victims and fami-lies at no cost. I choose to believe that there is much more goodness in this world than evil, and that these generous people giving their lives, their time, and their money, are proof of God and the basic goodness of most of His people.
A quote from John Wesley reflects the generosity shown by many people in Las Vegas and around the nation that I believe we all aspire to:
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.
Let us now give our thanks with our tithes and offerings.
~ Donna Dillon