A Day of Blessings

December 12, 2007 at 10:23 pm (My ramblings)

Have you ever just set out to be blessing then all of sudden you realize that you are the one being blessed? Yesterday I took off from work to help a friend named Rosemary who started a foundation to give presents to underprivileged kids. She raises funds and every Christmas blesses a local school in our area. The program is called, “If you had a hundred.”
Basically each child has a budget of $100 and they make a wish list for their family members. y Rosemary then gets volunteers and we take them to the Target and buy the gifts on the list . There are about 100 kids and it was crazy fun! I had 2 kids that I spent the day with and we picked up everything for their families.
To watch their little faces light up with pride at being able to pick out gifts was something I will never forget. They also write something they really want but they don’t get to buy anything for themselves. When all the shopping is done, we took all the packages back to the kids’ school and we ate pizza and they wrapped all of the presents. There was much laughter and giggles galore. When all the wrapping was finished, Rosemary gathered all the kids and had them sit in a big circle. She then handed out gifts that were on the kids’ wish list and there is nothing that can compare to the excitement that filled that room. They were screaming so loud and were totally surprised.
Rosemary also pays for all the wrapping paper, supplies, pizza and everything else. What a way to share the love of Christ in a tangible way. I actually got to talk to one of the teachers about the Lord and invited her to come to church on Sunday.
Next year, I will definitely help her more. She does most of the stuff herself with a few volunteers but what a way to be blessed. I came home feeling such a warmth in my heart and I know those kids will never be the same.

It reminds me of Matthew 25:37-40, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

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