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“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has,

not according to what one does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12

I grew up on a farm. My dad was a coal miner who wanted to get as far away from the dark, dangerous mines as possible so he purchased 22 acres in the Back Mountain in 1938. It was the heart of the Great Depression and the $1,800 he paid was a monumental sum. Unemployment was at 25 percent nationwide and he remembered taking the money on loan from his life insurance policy, a common practice back then. Surely a risky move when he was working one day a week or less, but he and my family endured and lived to their final days on that land. It is important to note that everyone in our neighborhood was in the same boat back then. Their perseverance and their faith in God saw them through and, just as importantly, was their willingness to help each other. One family, their history dated back to the Mayflower, helped my dad navigate his way on the farm with advice, food for the animals and friendship. Another family, their Southern European ancestry dictated their abundant generosity be shared with anyone who needed it, provided more of the same. I remember them all and their kindness. Today I see that same willingness to give at Prince of Peace. The shopping cart full of groceries for the food pantry, a festive group of happy Easter baskets covering a table waiting for delivery to children we don’t know, and a host of other opportunities to give for a plethora of causes that are fervently supported whenever it is needed are part of the willingness to give. Prince of Peace parishioners are asked and they respond without question and generously. Their willingness is evident in the results. It reminds me of a simpler time when we shared what little we had with one another. And, we were happy to do it. It is my profound pleasure to experience that feeling and remember once again the willingness of neighbors long ago. Thank you Prince of Peace for rekindling fond memories and giving me the opportunity to create new ones.

By D. A. Higgins


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