Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:28-31
Illness attempted to wipe me out; but through the grace of God and the determination He gave me at birth, I managed to get out of bed and run the Feed the Pack 5K at Spring Garden Elementary where I teach. The money raised goes to feed and clothe our underprivileged students. It’s such a great program because without meeting the basic needs of children learning is slowed down. At SGE, we believe fully in educating the whole child not just the number the state sees on testing days. I’m grateful God placed me amongst such loving, caring, and giving individuals.
God’s hands are constantly at work through the people on this land. Some openly acknowledge God is at work through them, others will take the credit themselves, and still some will really never see the impact of their actions.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming. I realize they’ve become more commercialized than they should, but they bring a great opportunity to open your hearts to give back into the communities in which you live. Fill a sack for Thanksgiving, buy gifts for a child off an Angel tree, buy a gift for Toys for Tots, put change in the Salvation Army bucket, volunteer at a soup kitchen, drop off clothes or shoes for the needy, send care packages to our deployed military, visit strangers in a hospital, nursing home, or retirement center, or simply give up your place in line on a busy shopping day. We have so much to be grateful for. Our lives could always be much worse than they are no matter how awful we think they are. Celebrate Thanksgiving by making someone else thankful for you. For Christmas, give a Christ-like gift. No, not your life, but a sacrifice of yourself.