An Ear of Corn

1 06 2011

My daughter is in Africa. She is part of a medical mission team dedicated to serving people in areas without sufficient health care. Internet service is hit or miss, but we have been able to hear from her a little bit as she makes this journey of faith.

There are heartbreaking stories of disease, death, and deprivation. There are stories of joy as she experiences the universal power of a smile. The stories that have most deeply touched my heart have been her stories about worship. She is seeing God in Africa and those glimpses are shaping her soul.

This week she traveled with missionaries to a remote village. The congregation is small and desperately poor. Concrete blocks serve as pews. Together they raised their voices and their hearts to God in praise. When the time came to worship the Lord in giving, she watched several of the people place a single ear of corn in a basket. Quiet awe stole over her heart as she recognized the deep sacrifice each ear of corn represented. Their generosity honored God and imprinted a message about surrender and trust deeply on an American girl’s soul.

Never has the story of the widow and her mite been more real for me. “For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:4. An ear of corn has become a mirror for my heart.

My Jesus Resolution today is to examine my giving. Giving is not a command given because God needs my stuff. Giving is a tool offered to help me step more deeply into His transformation. Giving cuts my ties to this world, releases the hold things have on my soul, and realigns my priorities with the desires of God. It teaches me who is in control, where I need to invest my heart, and how God wants to work in the core of who I am. In sacrifice, we most closely resemble Jesus. It may be time, resources, talent, money, or even an ear of corn. Whatever it is, when we give sacrificially, we pull off a layer of ourselves so that the world can see Jesus in us.


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1 06 2011
Martha Fassino

Casandra, thank you for sharing Emily’s experience in Africa. And thank you for your resolution. I love you. Martha

1 06 2011
Linda Allard

Cassandra, thank you so much for sharing that wonderful story. My heart was touched and the true meaning of giving came true my life. What a true sacrifice is made by these God-loving people. They are true to the Word is giving the best that they have. God be praised and may your daughter be kept safe in her travels as she serves the Lord.
I thank you for your words of encouragement each and every day and I seek to be able to teach God’s Word as you do so graciously.
Thank you in the Lord,
Linda Allard ( I met you in Happy, Texas this past year.)

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