Friday, December 5, 2008

An opportunity to serve

Every month, our home school co-op sponsors a service project of some sort, designed to minister to our local community in one way or another. I try to take advantage of these opportunities because they reinforce a valuable lesson we're always trying to teach at home... life isn't all about us.

"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
Galatians 5:13

So yesterday, while Big Man was at preschool, the rest of us took part in this month's project. A group of 50+ children (with their moms) gathered at a local church to wrap presents and make ornaments for a local homeless shelter. Each family contributed an assortment of small gifts and each child arrived with wrapping supplies in hand, excited to bless others this holiday season.

Families come in and out of the shelter throughout the winter months, and their children deserve a merry Christmas, too. Amazingly, we wrapped an entire truck load of presents, and the children made oodles of ornaments to grace the shelter tree... punched tin ornaments, candy cane reindeer, popsicle stick trees, pipe cleaner wreaths, and many, many others.

Over these past several days, I've been reminded, over and over and over again... we are so blessed.
I'm very thankful for this chance to work alongside my oldest two as we contribute what we can, and therefore... hopefully... make someone else's Christmas a little more special.

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