As my congregation is well aware, one of the questions I always ask is “what gifts to you bring?” I was having a conversation about the church in general with a family friend when I asked her that question. She jokingly replied “I bring dessert.”
Then I told her this story:
We were at a neighborhood picnic for Memorial Day when someone mentioned that I make a good pumpkin crème brulee. The neighbors asked “where is it?” I said I would make them some. Along comes July 4th, and they are asking again “where is it?” Two weeks later we had a picnic and again, “where is the pumpkin crème brulee?”
So, while on vacation I made it and started to deliver it. Most of the neighbors were surprised, not thinking I would ever make it. But then one neighbor told me his story – his niece was just diagnosed with a serious condition that would take her life at an early age. With all my seminary training and pastoral work, I stood there and said “I’ve got nothing.” And he said, “no, you brought this, something nice for us.” What began as a joke between our neighbors became a source of comfort for someone hurting.
God will use our gifts – whatever they may be. We just have to be open to using them ourselves.
Oh – and one more thing. Please pray for the little girl – God will know who I mean. Thanks.