Skip to main content

#LightTheWorld: Jesus Lifted Others' Burdens and So Can You

One of my favorite scriptures is Matthew 11:29-30: 
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Today is the kick-off for the #LightTheWorld Christmas initiative. The idea is that each day until Christmas, we will be inspired by someway that Jesus provided service to others, and we will do a similar service. 

My youngest daughter has a lot of compassion, and is concerned about the homeless people we see around town.  We decided that to start our participation with #LightTheWorld, we would assemble kits that we could give to people we encountered who were begging for food or money.  The kits were simple, but hopefully met some needs. 

Photo:  Gallon-sized bag containing supplies for people in need

Inside a gallon-sized plastic bag, we placed:  a pair of heavy, dark socks; a bottle of water; applesauce; granola bars; and lip balm. 

Photo:  Water  bottle, applesauce, granola bars, lip balm, and socks
This morning we are going to drive around town to all the places where we usually see people holding up signs asking for help.  I know this won't solve the bigger issue of homelessness, but I hope that in some small way, these kits will lift individual burdens.

How will you lift a burden today?



Pin It

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Never Give Up Hope

Twenty-three years ago, a beautiful little girl was born. From the get-go, she was sweet, sensitive, and rather shy. She has grown into a young woman of whom I am so proud. She has worked hard to overcome challenges, and recently told me she is trying to face her fears, and asked me if I would write her story and share it here on the blog, in hopes she can inspire others through their own struggles. Although I offered to publish an auto-biographical piece for her, she wanted me to write her story from my perspective. At her request, and with her approval of this post, I share the following:
The phone rang, and the social worker on the other end informed me that a baby girl had been born 10 weeks early and drug-exposed. She wasn't ready to be released from the medical facility where she was currently staying, but would we be interested in being her foster-to-adopt parents? Of course! When John and I filled out our paperwork, we indicated that we were comfortable with a premature bab…

Six Sentence Story: Burst

The moment the church organist started playing the introduction to the hymn, the precocious toddler girl stood up on the pew. Music just moved her, and she was doubly excited when she realized she recognized the tune. Though everyone around her was opening a hymnal and finding the right page, that was unnecessary for her. 
First of all, she couldn't read, but second, even if she could read, she didn't need the words; they were etched into her memory. Finally, the organist finished the introduction and the chorister signaled the congregation to begin, but while the rest of the church-goers sang, "Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing," the sweet little girl belted out, "Go tell Aunt Rhody." By the time she got to the line about the old grey goose being dead, all decorum was lost as those around her burst out laughing. 




This has been another Six Sentence Story. The blog hop is hosted by Denise of Girlie on the Edge each week. The rules are simple: write a six sent…

Six Sentence Story: Release

Her small brow furrowed in concentration as she carefully placed the wriggling worm on the little hook. 

"Ready, Daddy!" she called, and Daddy came over and helped her cast the line into the lake. To the amazement of both of them, soon the bobber took a dip into the water. Daddy talked her through reeling the keeper-sized fish onto the shore.

"I'll name him Lucky, because he is lucky I caught him!" she proudly announced.

Lucky's luck ran out, though, when he realized this wasn't going to be a catch-and-release situation. 

**************************
I'm joining again with the Six Sentence Story link-up. Go read the other entries, and feel free to add your own. This week's prompt: release.