The following poem was written by Nancy Hopkins, member at Trinity, New Smyrna Beach, as a Temple Talk to her congregation.
It’s time to think of stewardship and the offerings we can give,
they come in many forms–from treasures, to the way we live.
There are so many ways we can give our lives to our Savior and Lord.
It’s more than just the offering plate and what we can afford.
To God we are an offering as we wake when the night is through
and offer up the prayer: “Glorious God, this day’s for You.”
To God we are an offering through our work and through our play,
When we know our purpose is to glorify Him as we move throughout our day.
To God we are an offering when we worship and give Him praise,
When we take the time to make our pledge and in song our voices raise.
To God we are an offering when at a service the bells we ring,
When we serve the body and blood of Christ and to the altar our treasures bring.
To God we are an offering when we offer a stranger a smile,
When we take the time to call a friend, or at work go the extra mile.
To God we are an offering when we sit with someone who is ill,
When we take the time to play with a child or we pay someone’s restaurant bill.
To God we are an offering when we listen to someone who’s sad,
Or take some valuable time to rejoice with someone who’s glad.
To God we are an offering when a grieving friend we embrace,
When we shake a hand, say hello, or provide encouragement face to face.
To God we are an offering when we donate money after a storm,
When we bring food or serve at HUM or donate a quilt to keep someone warm.
To God we are an offering when gratitude we share,
To Him for all He’s given us and to others who’ve shown they care.
To God we are an offering when we look to Him each day,
to provide compassion, mercy and love in all we do and say.
To God we are an offering so to our Savior our lives we give,
Totally…fully…completely…because it’s for HIM that we do live.