Re:Verse reading–2 Corinthians 8:1-15,9:7-8,11-15 (day two) 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 have a repeated theme. “Now brethren, we want to make known to you the GRACE OF GOD” (vs 1) Six other times in chapter 8 (and 3 more in chapter 9) Paul will ring this bell. He uses the word charis (note charismatic, charisma). It means “gift”. Something useful and undeserved. The idea is that what we give (in money, time or obedience) is a mere reflection, a faint and inadequate echo of what God has given us. We give because we have received! The surprise is vs 16. “But THANKS be to God” says Paul and he uses the same word (charis). Having received from God, we give to others but we also return to the Eternal One our thanks. We give grace to Him by just saying thank you. Is your heart preparing for Thanksgiving? Mine is. Probably we should not wait for November 24 to get started!