Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for all the blessings in your life. This year, we wanted to put a little different spin on it. We wanted to show how thankful we are for all we have by giving to others some of the things we might take for granted. I read Francis Chan’s Crazy Love back in August and ever since then, I have felt like I needed to be giving more. We went to hear Francis speak and that is when he quoted Luke 14:12, “Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.’ Justin came to me a few days later with the idea of doing something more than our normal Thanksgiving. He wanted to host a Thanksgiving for the homeless, not for our family or friends. We did not have a lot of time this year to plan, so hopefully next year we can do something like this. We did something a little different, but I think it was still something that God was leading us to do. We had our Thanksgiving at lunch this year. Justin fried a two turkeys, while the women made a bunch of yummy food .
After that we celebrated Jocelyn’s birthday (more pictures coming soon).
Later that afternoon, we got together a bunch of plates of food and bottles of water and stuck them in a wagon and put it in the car.
Here is what I included in the blessing bags:
- .Toothbrush, toothbrush holder, and toothpaste
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Cheese crackers and Nature Valley peanut butter bar
- Really warm socks
- Hand warmers
- Scripture card, I used my last art print (Psalm 107:1), printed them off sized at 3.5×5, wrote a note on the back and laminated them.
Justin, Lauren, Chris and I headed downtown. It was pretty deserted. We started at a park where I take pictures and know there are usually homeless people there. We pulled out our wagon and started looking around.
We spotted two people sitting in the park, so we headed over. We gave them each a plate of food, brownie, water, and blessing bag. They were both grateful and a little shocked. After that we started walking around and we noticed a man following behind us, so we stopped. He was homeless and seemed very excited we were passing out food. He even said, “God is good to those who are good to others.” That made me so happy that he was acknowledging God and knew we were here because we were listening to God’s word. We continued to walk and Lauren spotted a person all bundled in blankets from a several hundred yards away. I still cannot believe she saw him. I think we might have waken him up, but I think he was thankful.
Finally, we got down to one more blessing bag and plate of food. The blessing bag was for a woman. I wasn’t sure if we would meet up with one, but I wanted to have one just in case. We pulled the wagon around a little bit longer and were about to leave, when I thought we should walk through the park one more time. There she was sitting at a table with one of the guys we saw first. I was so excited I could give that blessing bag to her. God was all over that We also gave them all our blankets. It was a really awesome experience and I hope we put God in people’s hearts that day. Now we are trying to think of something we can do for Christmas.