Sometimes the holiday season is the darkest time of the year. It was that case for a lot of clients AND volunteers last year. But one volunteer took what was supposed to be a sad holiday and with the help of the Lord, made it memorable for the guests in the shelter:
“As we were concluding our weekly Bible study one Wednesday, I asked the ladies living at the transitional house if they had any Thanksgiving plans.
The feeling in the room quickly shifted. The ladies’ countenances went from incredible joy, having just enjoyed a wonderful study and discussion of the 13th chapter in the book of John, to a heaviness and sorrow.
For some, tears began to flow, and others grew quiet. As I began to probe a bit I learned that as blessed as they feel to be living in the house, this year they would not be enjoying a “Hallmark” Thanksgiving with their families.
For some, distance would prohibit them from being with their family. For others, broken relationships would be the cause.
This Thanksgiving my husband and I were going to be alone due to both of those reasons. We had decided that an early dinner at J’s diner and some football on TV would be the extent of our festivities this year.
When one of the ladies exclaimed that she would be at the house and anyone else who wanted to join her could. She said that she would be making potato salad. I asked if she would adopt me and my husband for the day. She beamed and said of course!
Soon everyone was piping in with what they wanted to make.
Thursday afternoon, as we sat around the table enjoying the feast that the Lord had provided, we reflected on the fact that like the original pilgrims, each one of us had left our former homes to start a new life.
Sometimes it’s really hard and we miss those whom we can’t be with, but we were all grateful for the new family that God handpicked to travel this journey with us. Our hearts were truly full and our day was wonderfully blessed.”