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About 1,000 protesters converged in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August in what became a widely publicized clash between white nationalists and their opponents. One woman died and many people were injured when a car crashed into a crowd of counter-protesters. Two state troopers also died in a helicopter accident while monitoring the crisis. So heartbreaking!

In contrast to that tragedy, an old hymn came to my mind – “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” written in 1739 by Charles Wesley. Here are several stanzas:

“O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace.

My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all the earth abroad the honors name.

Jesus the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease; ‘tis music in the sinner’s ears, ‘tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.”

This hymn reminds me that an abundance of support would mean greater impact for the Kingdom of God. The words “assist me to proclaim” jump out at me when I think of a mighty movement of God. Imagine 1,000 others serving on your team. How incredible would that be? To multiply women who want to influence others to make a loving difference in this world – now that’s a movement!

Women tend to be givers and are busy with so many things. Maybe you feel you don’t have much more to give. Do you believe God knows that about your situation? Have you asked for His help in spreading the Good News in your community? I’ll bet you have.

In his book Free of Charge, Croatian Christian theologian Miroslav Volf explains how believers in Christ can be generous people:

“A rich self looks toward the future with trust. It gives rather than holding things back in fear of coming out too short, because it believes God’s promise that God will take care of it. Finite and endangered, a rich self still gives, because its life is ‘hidden with Christ’ in the infinite, unassailable, and utterly generous God, the Lord of the present, the past, and the future.”

To live generous and extraordinary lives means trusting God is with us and that He will take care of our needs. Therefore, we can step out in faith to invite and equip others for the sake of the Gospel.

O for a thousand … Imagine what that could mean for God’s Kingdom. Instead of death, new life could result!

Anne Schneider
Northeast Field Director

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