When we have chosen the perfect gift for a loved one—often something personal—we get as much joy in the giving as the loved one does in receiving.  A bond of true affection is deepened by a thoughtful gift given with love.  Think about our vow to faithfully participate by our gifts in this way.  It is more about growing a generous spirit than about actual gifts of time, money, talent, skill, or spiritual power.  Our vow calls us to open to the presence of God within and among us; to accept the free gift of God’s love through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ; and with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, to joyfully share our gifts with others.

Because we are all unique, our gifts of love vary widely.  You may hear people talk about tithing, giving ten percent of our income to support the work of the church, but the size or amount of a gift is never as important as the spirit of the giver (see Exodus 35:20-29; 2 Corinthians 9:7).  Gifts of generosity, given freely with joy and hope, are avenues of God’s love that contribute to the spiritual growth of the giver and help build up the body of Christ and transform the world.

When we vow to give our gifts, we promise to share the love, power, and freedom of God with whoever has need.