Move people from Hunger to Hope!
The holiday season is now ramped up to full speed.
With the coming and going of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, all eyes are laser-focused on the holiday that stands center-stage every year: Christmas.
Yes, that holly-jolly time of year is back. Lights are being hazardously hung from the sides of all the neighborhood homes and snow is beginning to flutter from the skies. That’s right, with Christmas comes the seasonal colder weather that brings with it checkered-scarves and steaming coffee mugs once again.
It’s a season glistening with glee: people are thinking of their loved ones, gifts are being exchanged, and people are taking a well-deserved break.
Well, most people.
There are some among us that the Christmas season brings along a much more treacherous experience.
Instead of awe, the first sign of snow brings fear to their hearts knowing they will not sleep dry or warm anytime soon.
Advertisements trumpet around them of families waking up on Christmas morning to open up an abundance of new things, yet they have no family to wake up with and they cannot remember the last time someone bought them a gift.
The signs of bliss and gratitude that much of the holiday brings just tears deeper into their heart as they mourn the loss of a loved one or their lack from such bliss and gratitude.
They are hungry; they are cold; they are tired; they are alone; and nobody would know the difference.
With a season that has so much cheer associated with it, we have a tendency to lose sight of those who are suffering near us; and they remain near us. They are always right there, but their suffering is merely drowned out by Christmas carols and jingling bells.
I am not scrooge, I promise. I love this time of year and the generosity and love that I often see poured out from people. Christmas is a wonderful time of year when many people are looking to the birth of Jesus and are actively caring for others.
But for those who are not, I want to be a person that can offer them hope. I want to move people from Hunger to Hope.
That’s exactly what the Vero Beach Church will be doing this year.
Every year we host a Christmas Eve lunch where we invite those who do not have a home, food, or family, for a free meal with us. This year, we are also collecting items for “blessing bags” to give to the participants as they leave.
These bags will include items these people depend on for their hygiene, safety, and health.
Items such as:
Feminine hygiene products
It was once told to me that you should do for the one what you would like to do for the many. Although you might seem small or insignificant at times, a big heart can make a big difference in a person’s life. I want to participate in the Kingdom of God right now, today!
I want to move people from Hunger to Hope.
To learn more about what we are doing visit: https://verobeach.church/h2h