A Time To Care and to Share
December 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm, a small group of individuals from PromiseLand Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, as well as individual volunteers and members other local churches converged on a small nursing home in East Austin. The purpose of the meeting was not to have a church service or discuss doctrine; the purpose was simply to lend a helping hand. Although the churches represented there that day may not have agreed in all areas of doctrine, and many of the participants in that day’s events may have not even believed in God as I do, we were all gathered on one accord, to provide a since of belonging to individuals who may feel abandoned and lost.
The Christmas season is a wonderful and exciting time of year for many people; however, for the lost, lonely, and hurting, the holiday season can bring sadness and gloom. Thoughts of depression and lost loved ones are only a couple of the issues that many individuals face this time of year; however, we can make a difference in the lives of others by simply deciding to make a difference. That Saturday afternoon in December lasted only one hour; however, the impact that was made that day is one that will not easily be forgotten, at least for me. Passing out Christmas cards, cheesy meatballs, and apple pie while singing Christmas carols seems like such a trivial thing, we only spent one hour there; however, knowing that I was able to be a Blessing someone who may not otherwise experience Christmas is to me, the true meaning of Christmas.
Psalms 41:1-3 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
Perhaps, this year could be the year that you make the decision to place the needs of others above your own, “but I just don’t have the time” well, maybe you could donate food items to the local food pantry, church, or other social organization. Toys, clothes, and other household items are always welcomed at organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and local disaster relief organizations as well as charities located throughout your area. Please, consider making today the day you give back to the community and those in need around you; make this Christmas season a time to share and a time to care for everyone around us.
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