By Daryl Crouch (@crouchdk)
Thanksgiving was both fun and stressful. We had to pack and move our possessions. We have a small (4‘x8’) trailer so the process was slow. It’s not always good to move over a holiday. Somewhere in the mist of everything we still managed to cook a Turkey with all the fixings. How did we accomplished this?
First, what we did was rent a free first month storage that was a block away and put our things in the storage unit. This gave us the capability to move in stages. We controlled the move instead of the move controlling us. It freed up a fair amount of time. Financially: just a $22 administration fee. No long term lease. It was worth it.
Second, We had our family Thanksgiving meal on Saturday instead of traditional Thursday. It was wonderful time with my wife, daughter, son, his girlfriend, and our four legged family. The meal and fellowship together was excellent. Our family jumped in and set up our new home to have our Thanksgiving meal. Even though it was not perfect we had a special time together.
Third, a new neighbor invited us to her church (Set Free Church, Yucaipa, CA) for a Thanksgiving dinner (on the traditional Thursday). So my wife and I attended the dinner and something dawned on me as I watched the people. Sitting at the next table was a mother with her two young children.
Providing a Way
I don’t know her story. On the surface it appears the family is a single parent home. Maybe she had just gone through a divorce or a death in the family. Anyway, the husband/father was not in the picture there. Maybe she was lacking the finances trying to come up with something special for her family young family during the holiday.
Then a knock on the door. A neighbor gives her an invitation flyer to a Thanksgiving meal at their church. Set Free Church has a large van to pick up and drop off people at their home. Even though the room was full of people she was only focused on her two children and interacting with them. It was their special family Thanksgiving Dinner together.
This is just one family. There were many others with there own story. Singles, families with and without children, seniors. As I looked around the room I saw people from all different backgrounds coming together to celebrate and share Thanksgiving. The problem is there are still so many who do not have the means or the opportunity to have a special family meal.
Shelly (Name changed) was one of our young server. She and others served us. They was very friendly and attentive to us. From 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. people from all over came together with one purpose – providing a holiday meal for people who had limited options. They simply saw a need in the community and wanted to reach out and share their life through helping.
In a self-seeking world its easy to be self-absorbed. The sad thing is we have all been there.
I personally admire a church willing Like Set Free Church taking its time and resources to provide something special for people with limited options. Even more I hold in high regard the people who volunteer to become a servant. I applaud you!
Read: Matthew 25:35-40
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