It has often been noted that people in the US are generous. If there is a disaster, wallets and purses open. There is an immediate response. There is also an expectation that the monies given will be used wisely and that there will be immediate signs of the good that the giving has done. Christian generosity calls us to be generous over the long haul. We understand, some two thousand years after the birth of Jesus, that God’s healing and transforming work is never accomplished instantaneously. We give to participate in that work. Sometimes we benefit by seeing great results. Sometimes our gifts are abused. (Is that not the story of Jesus?) And, sometimes our gifts are merely the seeds for what will eventually grow and bloom.