The Gift of Stewardship

The year 2012 was both a reflection and discovery for me. I witnessed the demise of long-time friends, reconnected with others that brought me beauty and love, and watched my daughter use her considerable power to help those less fortunate. In that, she reminded me of the true meaning of Stewardship in our secular lives – an awesome Christmas gift to a stubborn father.

As I write my way through the Acts of the Apostles, slowed these days by failing energy, I find myself mindful of my obligations to others. There is no weakness so great that I cannot at least muster a smile to a brother or sister. The payback is enormous.

Thus as I steward this creation called The Serenity Of Knowing, I am revived in small degrees by all those who patiently anticipate its completion. I am often asked, “How far along are you?” I reply with the chapter and the verse when memory serves. They always marvel at the accomplishment, even when I feel that I haven’t finished nearly enough. And yes, there really isn’t that much left, but it’s the Stewardship of others toward me that makes it all so worthwhile, and keeps me going.

So in 2013 I am promising the completion of my writing of the 1611 King James Bible. It will be my offering to Stewardship in the form of love to my community and family who already show their love for me.

The child that I raised through infancy, and on through the difficult years, and into productive womanhood, has helped me discover anew that the cycle of giving and receiving keeps the joy alive even on the rainy days. Who wouldn’t want that?

As published in the January 2013 issue of "St. Peter's Press," the monthly newsletter of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York. He is now in the writings of The Acts of the Apostles, having finished Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.