An intersection of music, fellowship, worship, outreach and awareness about what is happening in Darfur. My co-workers and I put together an event to bring the needs of the refugees of Darfur front and center. We partnered with an organization called Tents of Hope through which we will send a tent painted with hopeful messages and images. Please pray that God will bless this tent, our efforts and inspire us all to make a difference for the people of the Darfur region of Sudan.
I got a package in the mail yesterday. It was particularly exciting because I have not gotten any packages, or any mail for that matter, since I have come to live this year in Denmark. Also, I was expecting a package from my mum but it ended up being from my grandma Mary Anne. It was swirled in with a bit of Christmas joy. Opening the package I found chocolate and pajamas. Nice pajamas by the way. The chocolate was also wrapped in bubble wrap which was a plus, not only do I like bubble wrap but I realized how much detail, time and love came with everything in that package from my grandma. It was truely I blessing. And I got a cookie which I ate right away. I still have to call her and thank her. There were other helpful and things in the package like a American express gift card and postage stamps which I am not sure I will be able to use here but still say I care for you from my grandma.
I have to call her tonight, and some other people too. I think this has taught me the importance of remembering people and making an initiative to show that you remember, love and think about that person. Its true charity and it when we do it in the power of the Holy Spirit according to the grace given us it makes us more like Jesus because Jesus never failed to extend his love and charity to those who didn’t realize God loved them.
God never forgets about anyone or anything, he is always aware of everything, everywhere, every-time. Right now he knows he is with me typing this, loving me like he always has. Have you ever had those times where you just felt or realized God’s love for you in such a real way it overwhelmed you. A time maybe at the altar or in the quietness of your own room. Maybe you were crying, maybe shouting for joy, maybe trembling in silent reverence and awe, maybe a smile overcame you from the center of your being because inside your soul was shouting “He loves me!” and your spirit was dancing. Right now, He still loves you that much. Maybe that will make you jump out of your seat and praise Him or maybe it will remind you to say again in the depth of your inner been “I love you too.”
You are dearly loved always even if we don’t realize it. In Christmas we have a reminder in a special way that at the center of history God loved us that he sent His son into the world to experience humanity, to show us he loves us through it all; always, everywhere, every part of our experience, every-time. If we look at the contents of this gift, this wonderful awesome Son of Man and remind ourselves to follow his example we might realize that there is love even in plastic wrap and we should be careful to show such detailed affection to our neighbors.
Peace and love,