Beginning to share Christmas

Working at a benevolence ministry, I daily see the needs and hardships of people in my town and the 2 neighboring towns. On a normal day, we see between 20 – 25 families seeking food, clothing, financial assistance, or other household needs. Occasionally (maybe 2 – 3 times a week), homeless men or women come in asking for help with a place to stay. It can be overwhelming, especially if you really focus on their hurts. Sadly, i’ve had to slightly harden myself to their physical needs, knowing that it is just impossible to help every single person with all their needs. We try to do something for everyone that comes through our doors, but it’s not always possible….and I’ve had to learn to say “sorry, but there’s nothing more I can do.” At least we have other resources that we can send them to for additional help.

Today, was one of those days where I could say yes to everyone, all 70 families that came in. And even though it was a long, non-stop day (besides the 20 min. for lunch) and I now have a headache, it was a day full of blessings. Nov. 1 is the first day of Christmas sign-up. We have a wonderful group of ladies who work all year long to prepare Christmas baskets for children 16 & under. Parents can come and register for gifts for their children; parents who otherwise may not be able to afford anything can now see their children’s faces light up on Christmas morning. And I was able to see the parent’s faces light up today as I signed them up.

This is what charity and giving are all about…not the feeling I get when doing it (although that’s nice, too), but helping people who need an extra little boost. Talking with them about Christ, and then showing it through our giving and willingness to help them out.

“For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:15

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