Why Leave a Gift in Your Will
“Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said.
“Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.
– Mark 1: 40 – 42
Everyone likes to be thanked and appreciated, especially when we give a gift. But when we reach out to help others—like those who live with the terrible disease of leprosy—we are motivated not by a desire to be thanked but rather a desire to live out our faith.
We believe in our hearts that this is our faith in action, it is something we are called to do. This also holds true when it comes time to consider how we will share our blessings when we are no longer here. We have all asked ourselves, “What is the best way that I can help?”
Share your gift of faith
The giving of financial gifts throughout one’s lifetime is a special sacrifice, and it is true that both giver and receiver are blessed. The same is true for gifts that are designed to be given after one’s time on earth has ended—gifts we can make using our last Will and Testament. Such gifts are often more generous than one could afford during life, and therefore capable of doing tremendous good.
Every gift, large or small, is important. A gift left as a legacy of love is extraordinary because it comes with the understanding from the giver: “I want to ensure the work continues after I have departed. I want you to use what I have given to help as many people as possible and stop this terrible and neglected disease.”
A gift in your Will extends your faith and love beyond your lifetime to embrace those who live under the scourge of leprosy and provides them with the blessing of hope and the certainty of healing.