“All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
The 32nd Annual Sun Prairie United Methodist Church Garage Sale is in the history books! It was a wonderful weekend of watching all our ‘stuff’ become treasures and blessings for others. By 2 pm Saturday, the church was put back together and it was as if it never happened!
It is amazing how much ‘stuff’ we all have that we accumulate from year to year. As all the ‘stuff’ came in throughout the days of intake week, I thought to myself that none of us probably will even notice that we no longer have the things we donated. We either have things to replace what we gave away or no longer need those things or never really needed them.
Probably in the big picture, none of us that donated our ‘stuff’ made a sacrifice in giving those things away. But, when we consider the time and energy and care that went into the planning, preparation and making the sale happen, that’s where sacrifice has been quietly and consistently given over the years.
It was like watching a work of art come together to see the care and special touches taken during the week to get everything sorted, folded, priced and beautifully displayed so that our ‘stuff’ could be seen as treasurers and blessings for others.
I believe we are always surprised by the joy that something like selling ‘stuff’ can bring. And while we feel lighter when we give things away, our joy is known when we realize that all that was offered at the garage sale, either through items sold or given away, is distributed to support ministries and missions through our church and in our communities.
It was good to see so many living examples of God’s loving spirit at work and in ministry and fellowship together!