Additionally the participation of volunteers can speak love and healing into the families who may have found their home church judgmental or distant as they endure changes and challenges related to the choices of another. They may even give them hope that they might be welcomed into a caring and wise church home.
Do you have a church that would be willing to deliver gifts (provided by a donor) or even adopt a family or two in their own congregation or community by providing the gifts as well as delivering them?
I truly did hear Christmas music last week when shopping with a granddaughter for snazzy birthday shoes. The retail community knows Christmas is coming. Before we get caught up in all the buying of gifts not needed, and feasts that can leave a residue of indigestion by their very lushness, and attending gatherings at a frenetic pace, now is a good time to sit down by yourself, with your spouse or with a household full of children and extended family to consider how we can bring some perspective to the holidays, how we can make our values more important that our valuables in the coming weeks.
Consider Angel Tree Ministries or one of the many other opportunities to help build a base of joy and mercy and grace as the foundation of this holiday season.
God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled. 2 Timothy 1:7
Oh Holy Child, Emmanuel, give us eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to break so that we can infuse the coming weeks with a commitment to make Your Love the center of our days, our credit and debit cards and our calendars in the coming weeks. AMEN