In the Pagan world when we often speak of sacrifices and offerings we usually refer to stones, candles, food, and flowers. However, I will often hear a brief mention of service sacrifices like donation and volunteering in the name of Gods, but I rarely hear it(From my experinced) truely discussed.
There are some much information about material offerings on the net to even advice on writing hymns and poems dedicated to deties. I am going to state this before I continue, I am not in any way, shape, or form condemining such trypes of offerings or sacerfices.
I am giving discussion to a from of it that is rarely discussed, publics services done in the name of detities. Today, in honor of Lughnasadh, I donated blood, orignally I went to donated platelets, but my count was far too low for it, so it settled on whole blood.
Before she stuck my with the needle, I whispered barely above my breath
“Lady Hestia, I offer this in your name.”
I feel this is appropriate, in acient times the hearth was the center of the family and community, making Hestia in many ways the Goddess of the community.So I feel that any service to the community is a proper offering to her.
What do you think? Have you had any experinces with this yourself? Do you want to do this yourself. Do you think there are certian services that would be apporiate for certian deties or innaporiate.
Please share your thoughts!