Offerings

“May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.” Psalm 20:3

The Israelites had an elaborate system of sacrifices and offerings, all of which were commanded by God for specific times and seasons. When they offered money, grain, or animals to the Lord, it was an act of worship. What offerings do we give in worship today? 

Saint Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden one day when someone asked him what he would do if he were to learn he was going to die before sunset. He replied, “I would finish hoeing my garden.” Saint Francis saw his life as an offering to the Lord – an outpouring of his time, energy, and love that constituted many expressions, including his work. 

When we regard everything we do as being “for the Lord,” then everything we do becomes an offering. We seek to act towards others in a way that is pleasing to Him. We do good deed for others – including putting in a good days work – because that is what He asks of us. Using the same analogy of a garden, Julian of Norwich pointed toward a second form of sacrifice:

Be a gardener,
Dig a ditch, toil and sweat,
And turn the earth upside down
And seek the deepness
And water the plants in time.
Continue this labor
And make sweet floods to run
And noble and abundant fruits to spring.
Take this food and drink
And carry it to God as your true worship.

Consider the activities of your day and how they can be an offering of love and thanksgiving to the Lord. When we do all things for Him, even the most difficult tasks become a joy!


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