December 16

Good morning all!

Today’s scripture:

MATTHEW 25:14-30

“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.

A dear friend of mine recently handed out 10 dollars to each family unit in the church that she serves.  Based off of this scripture, she decided to invest her money in an idea from the church.  This was money (about 500 dollars) that she was planning to donate to the church anyway and thought it might be interesting to have a modern day parable of the talents. On a Sunday morning she handed out 10 dollar bills to families and invited them to do something with the money, to offer up their talents.  The idea was that you really can’t fail in this.  If you make money for the church, awesome.  How could you do that? At the end of some time there appeared a “talents table” at the end of worship where people offered up their wares of things they made with the 10 dollars.  If a family didn’t want to utilize the ten dollars they could put the money back in the offering plate…that was the original money plan.
I recently saw this friend after this all happened.  She had wares to give to the people gathered around the table that she had bought at the Talents Table. We asked her how it went. She told us stories of the man who offered electrical work with his 10 dollars and the household wrote a larger check.  She told us of all of the crafts and food items offered on the table.  These particular talents doubled the original sum.
The question becomes two fold. If you knew that you would not fail where would you spread your talents? AND What talents could you offer today?
Where could your talents be needed or welcomed? And of course, here talents mean money but beyond that they mean what you are good at.  People decided that they could offer electrical work, soups, wine charms, beads, and who knows what else was on that table or offered out there.
Is your mind already thinking? Enjoy.
Prayer: O God, you have put in us wonderful qualities, skills and talents.  Allow us to get creative to see how we might use them today in your world. Amen.
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