John 21:15 “If ye love me, feed my sheep”
Last night we had the opportunity to give out hot meals to a couple of people who may have otherwise gone to bed hungry.
I picked the kids up from school and we went to our neighborhood grocery store. We packed three meals and wrote a Christmas message inside for 3 people who could use a little light this Christmas season.
As we got closer to finding some people in need, I was surprised at myself at how nervous I got about it all. The first person I asked if he needed a warm meal at the train station looked at me like I was crazy told me ‘no’ – apparently I miss judged and he obviously wasn’t “in need”.
I had to really go out of my comfort zone and get the courage to approach another group of people who could maybe use some meals? I was going to video and record the event, but it just didn’t seem right. As I was handing out the food, one of the bags was eagerly ripped opened and one of the chickens went belly up on the floor. Hunger is a powerful thing, and I watched as the chicken was rescued and handled like gold in the hands of grown men. I left with a lump in my throat and a burning in my chest.
These are people just like you and I, we all came from the same place & into the world the same way, just in different circumstances. I thought of Jesus, the king of kings, and how the greatest amongst us was born in a manger.
What I love most about this time of winter, beneath all the glitter is feeling love towards others and having tender experiences like this.
Mathew 25:40 Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
I started recognizing it when I was a teenager, but It’s always the same, when I look past myself and help someone else I come away from the experience with so much more happiness and gratitude in my own heart.
Although what my family did tonight was small, we have challenged ourselves to do random acts of service every day this month. I hope that we all can find a way to light the world this holiday season, whether great or small.