Here in town, the Springs Rescue Mission does just what it sounds like it does. Member of the association of Gospel Rescue Missions, they help people who need help. This help comes in many forms: evening meals every day that come after a brief church service, donations made available to people who need them just for asking, a New Life men's program for men who commit to the recovery journey, job training for these men, and big free community meals for each holiday. Yesterday was the Great Thanksgiving Dinner. The mission rented out the city auditorium and put on a free Thanksgiving dinner for whoever wanted to eat. People were offered bibles, prayer, but also the most talked about, food. There was a child's area with games, and lots of people to serve.
Here are a couple of my awesome high schoolers that went with me and dished up food:
I'm not sure why Daniel looks like that...
And Stephen was snapping the turkey tongs - that's why they are blurry!
The 2 Ms: Megan and Michaela
and Zandy, cheerfully serving all day.
These kids went willingly, served cheerfully, and were a delight to be with all day. I am thankful for them.
I am so grateful that there are people and organizations that do this.
I'm grateful that there are people that donate to make this possible.
I'm grateful that there are people like my kids that willingly and cheerfully go and serve others.
I am SO grateful for my life, and that I'm not in a position to need the generosity of the Springs Rescue Mission. I feel that quote very deeply right now: "There but for the grace of God go I."
Here's to being grateful for the blessings in your life. As my pastor said on Sunday, "If there are any blessings in your life, it is because of The Blessor."