Have you ever noticed a dollar bill pasted on the wall of a store? This is the first dollar made when the store went into business. Perhaps the owner put it there as a reminder to be grateful to God for all the income that has happened from the business since that first day.
The idea of the tithe, which means a “tenth” of one’s income, is something like that first dollar. It is a reminder to set aside the first tenth part of income from work and dedicate it to God. Usually this offering is made to one’s church. Really, everything we have belongs to God, but the dedication of a tenth makes it very clear that this amount belongs to God in a special way and is to be kept for the things of God.
While you may not be making any money at this time in your life, there are ways to give to God the first fruits of what God has been given to you…such as the first ten minutes or so of your waking up each day. This can be a wonderful way, not only to open your eyes and stretch after a night’s rest and turn on the TV, but to “wake up” to God and offer the day to God in those very first minutes. Thank God for letting you share in that gift that only God has—life itself!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Offering my best to You
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…