Friday, October 29, 2010

The Joy and Humility of Giving

I wish I could take a picture and show you. But a picture is only worth a thousand words, and it would take so many more to describe what I witnessed today.

This afternoon my heart ached with emotions as I watched a group of inner-city, high-school football players practically inhale food (their pre-game meal). These kids go to a school that is at the bottom of the totem pole of the county schools. You know how at most schools all the kids get new laptops, etc? These kids don't. You know how football fields shine so bright at night with the lights? These kids' don't. You know how football teams love to win a game? These kids haven't won a game in 20 years.

I don't know their home-lives, but I overheard today that some of them stay after school and work to help their families pay the rent. I've heard several times "all these kids get to eat is fast food."

Yesterday I baked 6 doz. rolls and 5 Angel Food Cakes, from scratch. This morning and afternoon 2 other ladies and I made the rest of what would be a "full-spread" meal: chicken topped with bacon, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and strawberries (to go on the cake with Cool Whip). Then we hauled it all over to the high school and served it to the football team (an outreach ministry of our church). It was hard work, work that I enjoyed. And seeing what our efforts went towards was priceless.

These verses keep going around and around in my head this evening:

35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. ... 40bTruly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." ~ Matthew 25:35-36, 40b

When was the last time I did this? When was the last time I served the Master? He has gifted me with the talent of cooking and baking (and enjoying doing it), why don't I share it with others more often?

I am speechless. I have no more words.


Sally said... [Reply to comment]

You are serving in so many ways. I'm really glad you have this opportunity. (I'd like to see pictures anyway!)

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

I'd like to see pictures too! You have such an amazing, giving heart. It's one of the reasons I just LOVE being your bloggy sister! God gave women an amazing ability to create magic in the kitchen and it only makes sense we use that talent to serve.

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]


I didn't think about pictures until I was already at church, and I didn't have it with me. :(

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]


I wish I'd thought to take my camera with me - maybe next time I'll remember :)