I found this unpublished post from 12 December 2020 this morning, and thought it should be published. So here it is:
On 6 December 2020, as we gathered to share a common meal at breakfast, followed by our weekly message, we discussed our desire to bless someone this Christmas. We talked over several ideas on how we could use God’s gifts to improve someones life, and let them know that God loves them. Nothing concrete came out of our discussions other than to explore what needs in our community we might help. Sadly, Brother Mark contacted several government agencies to no avail.
On December 12th, I read an email from Discover Church in Chesapeake indicating they had 28 kids remaining on their Angel Tree. Discover works with Prison Fellowship in their Angel Tree ministry. This program ensures the children of men and women who are incarcerated receive gift at Christmas along with a note from their incarcerated parent(s). After sharing this need Brother Mark and Brother Brian the idea was hatched to open up our coffers and fund as many children as possible. God’s gifts allowed us to fund 10 children in total.
I need to be clear about what I’m telling you. We are not boasting about what we have done, but what God has done thru us. Everything we have is because of God. Our tithes and offerings are little more than moving money from one of God’s accounts to another. In Matthew 25:40-45 Jesus makes if very clear that we are to tend to the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and in prison. God presented us the perfect opportunity to do for someone we will never know, someone who is in prison, and in some small way our gesture might plant a see in the heart of someone with fertile ground.
Then God presented us another opportunity, and we jumped on it. An elderly member of our community was hit with a medical bill, severely impacting their funds for the coming weeks. Again, using Gods gifts we were able to meet nearly all of this need. There is no doubt these acts were a blessing to each of the recipients, but the greater gift was the blessings received by the givers who did so in Jesus’ name.
So today we can sit back and smile, knowing we have done for the least of our brothers and sisters and marvel at the many ways God works thru us for his glory.