Tithing removes the hit-or-miss hazard from our giving. The following story illustrates this: A Protestant minister was getting a hair cut at a parishioner’s shop. He expressed the hope that the barber would start giving more liberally to the local congregation’s missionary budget.
“The Church is always asking me for help,” the barber retorted. “All I hear is money, money, money!” I think people should give what they please. I’m sick of hearing about systematic and proportionate giving.”
After the haircut, the minister forked out 50 cents. “I think I should give as I feel inclined,” he said.
The barber exploded, “But I can’t pay the rent or take care of my other expenses if people just give me any amount they happen to have in their pockets.”
The minister agreed, then went on:
“Nor can the Lord’s work be carried on if we don’t appreciate his blessings and give back to him what his rightly his.”
The barber got the point - and the balance due to him.
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St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
359 West Areba Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033
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