“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
This chapter sticks out to me always. I had the opportunity to start a new tradition with my family last Christmas (2012) to create care packages for the home less.
^My other blog explains the experience we had and why we’d like to carry on this tradition.
I started out by purchasing travel size hygienic items such as shampoos,toothpastes,mouth washes etc and place these items in zip lock bags. I’ve asked members of our church and friends/family via social media if they would like to contribute either by donating what ever amount wanted in efforts to help create a package or donate items. We started this season with 20 care packages but then progressed to our goal of 50 if not more. Our hands were tired from all the organizing,cutting,wrapping and taping. But once again it felt great to know we will be giving some thing back.
Here is a example of items
There were a few items left over so we had to improvise in making a equal amount. A neat trick we learned was to take empty prescription bottles and fill them up with detergent,shampoo etc. That way, what ever larger items we had we could convert to travel size and be able to disburse more packages.
Last year touched our heart so much that it would be a crime to ourselves not to do it again. The joy and smile that lit up these wonderful yet unfortunate beings were admirable. Their stories will make you weep. Even the blank stares they gave when handing a package to them. It was as if their inner child memories that were repressed were finally coming back and making them feel hopeful once more .
Neatly wrapped and placed under the tree in carriers to be distributed personally Christmas Eve and day.
Any packages left we simply give to our local Light house ministry.
I will post another blog pertaining to our experience again this year. We have even been asked to speak on these experiences at our church. We hope to join forces with some of our members even family/friend who care to join in creating and distributing more throughout the year. After all, giving should not end at Christmas.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone! 😀