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Planned Giving

Fast Facts About Planned Giving

If you hear “planned giving” and think it’s only for people older or wealthier than you—or that it’s just too confusing—you’re not alone. However, planned giving is for people of all ages and any economic status, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: 
http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

The Nature of True Value

finance feb2019The Old Testament books of First and Second Samuel tell the story of the Jewish leader David and his family. Our own children revere David as the conqueror of the giant Philistine Goliath. Those who study relationships celebrate the friendship David shared with King Saul’s son Jonathan. It’s sensible to wonder about Saul’s complex relationship to David. After all, the young man slew the nation’s great enemy. He befriended the king’s son. Through his music, he brought great solace to Saul, and he even married the king’s daughter. He was Saul’s son-in-law. Why, then, did Saul seek to kill him?

The king was jealous of David’s popularity and threatened his life. Enraged, Saul gathered his troops and sought David, who’d gone into hiding. “So Saul went down to the wilderness of Ziph with three thousand of the best warriors of Israel, to search for David in the wilderness of Ziph.” David and a key aide saw Saul coming, and after nightfall, snuck into the king’s camp. “David and Abishai reached Saul’s soldiers by night, and there was Saul lying asleep within the camp, (his captain) Abner and his troops sleeping around him. David said to Abishai, ‘Do not harm him, for who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and remain innocent’ ” (1 Samuel 26:2, 7, 9).

Remarkably, “David took Saul’s spear and the water jug from their place at Saul’s head, and David and Abishai withdrew without anyone seeing or knowing or awakening. All remained asleep, because a deep slumber from the Lord had fallen upon them” (26:12). David retreated to a hill opposite Saul’s camp and called aloud, awakening members of the king’s army. David said, “ ‘Here is the king’s spear. Let an attendant come over to get it. The Lord repays everyone’s righteousness and faithfulness. Although the Lord delivered you into my hands today, I could not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Just as I regarded your life as precious today, so may the Lord regard my life as precious and deliver me from all dangers’ ” (1 Samuel 26:22-24).

The Psalms of David remain a timeless and treasured legacy of poetic artistry. His friendship with Jonathan is a model of the ideal. His fidelity to the nation and to his king—regardless of Saul’s regard or disregard for him—is exceptional. The Lord “sought out a man after his own heart to appoint as ruler over his people” (1 Samuel 13:14). David was that man, and under the greatest stress—with his life at stake—he proved faithful. He esteemed the precious nature of true value. 

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