Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Project

What a long day. I herded my Sunday School class through four stores. They were lively and the debates were endless. We wound up with a lot, a whole lot of stuff. We had a grand total of $211 to spend. We spent it. We spent it wisely. (Yes, Bob, we got gifts for mom, as well). We came back to the church and we wrapped. We wrapped and we wrapped, and the things seemed to be multiplying as we wrapped. By the time we were done, we had so much stuff that my trunk was full, and we were stacking the stuff on the laps of the kids jammed into the car.

We got to the house and the youngest girl came to the door as we were leaving the things. The shock and amazement on her tiny face was enough thanks for each kid in that car. They were a little stunned that the mother came to the door and simply began to take the things into the house, without a word. On the way home, we had a talk about that. 'Why do we do good?' We decided that we do it because it is what God wants from us, not because we want people's gratitude and praise. We talked about the look on the little girl's face, and how much this would mean to the children in this house. We talked about doing what we can, and praying that God uses our feeble efforts to perform a miracle in the hearts of these children and their mom.

9 comments:

Mrs. Spit said...

Amen!

Karen said...

What a wonderful day - and way - to create everlasting memories in the minds of those kids, both the recipients AND the givers! Blessings to you for organizing it. :)

Kelly said...

Wonderful!! Good that you discussed the "right" reasons for doing it all, too.

Bless you!

Bob said...

Amen and Amen. Blessed young folks to have you prodding them along and speaking wisdom into their lives.

And what a blessed family to have received from you. Let's be praying for the children and the mom.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing to do! I have found doing good for others the best medicine for myself. So glad you were able to spread some Christmas cheer! :)

Kerry Osborne

WhiteStone said...

I pray that this little family will be blessed indeed. The oldest lady in our church told us last week of an experience she had as a young single mother. In the 1950s. The American Legion delivered a large bunch of groceries and presents for her children at a time when she was struggling. And it meant much to her.

BUSH BABE said...

The most amazing gift of all Debby... the gift of a glimpse of the goodness in people. Those kids, that child, will never forget this. And the mother - pride may well still her tongue, but you can be sure that in some way she has been touched to.

I am not a deeply religious person - as you already know. I do believe in god. I believe mostly in good people. I believe that children need to see proof of the latter regularly to have a hope.

Bloody well done.

Hugs
BB

Debby said...

Oh, BB. We are called to be in community with one another for a reason. What one person misses, another will see. 'Pride may well still her tongue'. Pride. I have plenty of it myself, and perhaps you are right. It was not ingratitude, but simple pride and shame at her circumstances that kept this mother still. You are absolutely right, and thank you for pointing this out. This will be a good thing to point out to the children.

PaintedPromise said...

Amen and Amen and Amen!!! God bless you Debby!! He has sure blessed me by putting you in my life through blogger...