Friday, November 29, 2013

As Thanksgiving ends and the Christmas season starts, many people woke up early and braved the cold in order to get the best sales. When the lights come on and the front door opens the store is bombarded with rushing customers, fighting over what they will buy. I know because I used to do that.

This year for me, Black Friday looked a whole lot different.

I went with Carlos to visit his friends. Carlos is one of our newest additions at Village of Hope. Carlos is deaf and mute, and he used to live in a cardboard box. His friends a lot different than yours probably do, and in order to be able to see them, we had to get into the city dump.

I watched as Carlos carried a plate full of turkey and mashed potatoes from the day before. He hadn't wanted to eat, because he was worried about when his friends would get their next meal. His friends rejoiced to see him again.  He excitedly signed to them about his new home and shared his food. Then slowly he looked at the man shivering in the cold, took of his jacket and put it on him, because he knows he is blessed to have a warm place to go back to.

"If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry." - Luke 3:11

This Christmas season, join Carlos in making a difference in the life of others. Pass on the blessing. 

If this boy who has nothing can get it, why can't we?

Lord help us not to be afraid to give away what you have given to us.

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  1. <3 Nearly brought tears to my eyes. So encouraging and inspiring, thanks for sharing.