The Blessing of Self-Giving
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
There is Another who lives in our midst, and He has the Spirit without measure. With Him are all the gifts and all the fruits of the Spirit. Because Jesus, the Gift, lives in and with us, the gifts and the fruit of His life are present and can radiate through us. Thus are we empowered to preach, teach, and heal. 
The Father gave His Son, Jesus gave Himself, and the Holy Spirit is given to us, so that we might participate in God’s life of self-giving. Jesus points us to the mystery of love in proclaiming that giving, even more than receiving, grants supreme well-being. He has poured out His life, and the cup never runs dry. It’s an intriguing invitation – become a self by donating yourself, find fullness of life by offering your life. Do we dare to step into that flow?
Thank You, Jesus, for being our Gift. Thank You for imparting Your joy by enabling us to share Your life. Thank You for inviting us to add ourselves to Your offering. We say yes Lord and lift our hearts to You. Take us into Your mystery of inexhaustible outpouring – love Your world through us.
 Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1995), 215.
Mosaic: Helen McLean & Alessandra Caprara, 2010, Christ in Glory, Church of the Transfiguration, Community of Jesus [photograph in public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the writings and ministry of Leanne Payne.