Loving Others as We Have Been Loved

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

Peace in the Valley Lutheran told us about their experiences with donating three gift cards to help people in need in their community with a local organization, and what a blessing it has been. 

 

"Oh my what a day. I just thought you would like to know that I took the gift cards to the 3 people. And there were buckets full of smiles from the clients. And a bucket full of tears on my part as I drove away from each home. As I told you, I always think I won't see worse situations, then something comes up to surprise me. Today that happened again.

The first person I went to has been without a refrigerator for over 18 months only using ice and a chest, I had no idea of such a situation so I helped them get a small apartment size refrigerator for their RV along with food and other necessities.

Drying my tears, I drive off to go to the next person only to find out they had not had a stove or microwave for 10 months and have just been letting the frozen pre-cooked food we send get unthawed and would eat it at room temperature. So back to the store, I go to get them a microwave and the stuff they needed.

Then low and behold I get to the third person and she has not had several windows and a real door on her house for over 16 months and never told anyone. She hid it by always walking out to the road to meet us for the food. Today I drove all the way up to the house and discovered this situation. She has been using blankets and a big piece of plywood trying to hold out the cold or heat. Needless to say, her first request was a heater, some blankets, gloves, and new shoes along with a lot of food items. I immediately made arrangements to get all this on her house fixed and then back to Walmart for the third time because all her items were things needed right away just like the others.

What is so very equally important about all this is, if the church had not given the gift certificates and I had not driven to this house we might never know about her windows and door. Nor would I have ever known about the other two needing a refrigerator or microwave.

I certainly had no idea of just how urgent the needs were for these three people, but God knew. And with all His grace He blessed us with your church members love and kindness!

Please, it is so important to me that your church members know just how much of a difference this kindness has done in the lives of these three people. 

And if any of you were me, you would know that the words of "Thank You" seem so minuscule. But it truly comes from deep in my heart and from those who will be sending you the Thank You cards.

Bless each and every one of you."