On the Journey Towards Good Stewardship
written by JAN DAVIS
I picture vineyards, households, and talents. I see
servants entrusted with large amounts of money. And I hear my
pastor asking for a return of a percentage of my time, treasure,
and talent to the church. I get the idea that a good steward is
one who manages or cares for something well.
The image in my soul, however, opens to the memory of a recent
February 2nd. I remember listening to the liturgical reading of
the day, the feast of the "Presentation in the Temple" and was
struck by Mary and Joseph's fidelity to the law and stewardship
as parents. I pondered Simeon's prophecy of Jesus' destiny and
that a sword would pierce Mary's soul.
Driving home I wondered, as a mother, what it would be like to
offer a child back to God, as Mary and Joseph did in the Temple.
Within hours, I got the phone call that no parent wants to
receive. My son, Wade, was in a traffic accident and killed
In giving my child back to God in this way, I have come to
reverence the preciousness of life. I now see myself as a
steward of relationships. A good steward manages and cares for
the dearest of relationships with love. A good steward is
faithful to the law, the commandment to love, by tending to
challenging relationships with mercy and forgiveness. A parent's
good stewardship insures that the children grow and become
strong, filled with wisdom and the grace of God.