Many people are cooking and baking, shopping and wrapping, cleaning and decorating, and doing many other things to make their holiday great. Sadly, there are many who are struggling with loss: loved ones, jobs, health, and more.
Whether facing joy, pain, or a combination of both, there is something I’ve discovered: that makes EVERYTHING better.
It may sound corny, simple, or fanciful-but believe me it’s true.
My teenage niece and her friend shared how they passed lunches to displaced people downtown. Moved by their action, I decided to take food once a month. When the idea was shared with my sister Crystal, she was moved to join, and to purchase hats and gloves for those we serve. When that plan was shared with my best friend Tammie, she was moved to the point of wanting to co-sponsoring an event (Golden Saturday) the first Saturday of every December, beginning in 2017 during which displaced people will be served a hot meal and be given a blanket. When my dear friend Ebony heard about the Golden Saturday idea, she was moved to buy and donate fabric to make blankets (Tammie and I make tie-blankets)….and committed to donating material each month! Each and every time the idea was shared, it grew more encompassing and meaningful. It grew because of the doses of love added by each individual.
None of the above mentioned are wealthy. In fact, we all struggle financially. Yet, we are blessed and fortunate in that the love of God inside of us turned the trickle of help started by my niece Lindsay, into a tsunami of blessings.
The point is this: each and every time ANYTHING is touched with love, it is made better. Sad people, happy people, neglected people, miserable people, sick people, healthy people, rich people, poor people…ALL people and ALL things are made better with LOVE.
Do something for someone with no expectation of anything in return – see how good BOTH of you feel! Love is an action word and an ingredient that improves anything to which it is added!
Merry Christmas to those of us who celebrate it, and heartfelt love all of you, no matter what you do (or do not) celebrate.