How wonderful to have a day in the calendar dedicated to giving.
Giving Tuesday was created as an antidote to both Black Friday and Cyber Monday over the Thanksgiving weekend. The founder, Henry Timms, who started the #givingtuesday campaign in 2012 in the USA, said the Thanksgiving weekend needed to be about something more.
“We have two days that are good for the economy, what about a day that is good for the soul? That was the driving principle behind Giving Tuesday”, he shared in an interview with The Independent.
A few years later the concept arrived in the UK and this year the campaign is called Giveback2020. After what has been a difficult year, where many people have already given so much of their time and resource to serve those struggling from the impact of coronavirus, it gives us another chance to support those on the frontlines.
For a moment, reflect on the acts of generosity you have witnessed or experienced this year. From foodbanks to prayer lines, the Church has risen to meet the physical and spiritual challenges faced by so many. The love of God shown in the big and small gestures we have seen daily. Perhaps this will inspire you to make somebody a meal, give your time to someone isolated, or donate to a struggling ministry doing excellent work. Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to give thanks first and then extend generosity to our neighbours from that place of appreciation.
You can find out more about Giving Tuesday UK here, where there are a number of resources if you would like to share what your favourite charities are doing, or you can give with your Stewardship Account. We also have some extra resources to make the most of this day dedicated to generosity.
Please do get in touch with your Giving Tuesday stories. We love to hear about what God is doing in, through and for his people.