Make a Difference Day

Tuesday, October 22

10-22By Eleanor St. Claire of Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

—Matthew 11:30

Donnella is the most generous person I know. Because of her concern for others, she is the neighborhood repair/recycle center. Nothing is thrown away if it can benefit someone. She washes and bleaches clothing until it is sparkling white. She collects and delivers furniture to bare homes. She even takes care of the trash from our congregation. Her daughter, Kristine, is at her side in much of this ministry.

Donnella is generous in her encouragement and support as well. Joyous laughter often comes with her exclamation, “Wonderful!” She spends many hours caring for local children, without charge. And she helps people find jobs. She is on her knees for those in need of prayer and she finds pleasure in filling her offering envelope on Saturday night.

Is this a young whirlwind? No, she is a diabetic senior citizen who has bad days with aches, pain, and fatigue. But she spends her healing time planning for tomorrow. Her heart also knows the spiritual pain from poor choices of loved ones, but it doesn’t affect her joyous response to the community.

Many take part in the Make a Difference Day in October. Donnella is making a difference every day, and her joy in her work is evident. In her way, she busily engages in the Mission Initiative Abolish Poverty, End Suffering. She inspires the neighborhood to be a part of it, too.What an example of doing Christ’s Mission!

Prayer for Peace
Burden-sharing God, we thank you for the gift of Christ who lightens our burdens. Thank you for your everyday community disciples who show they care. Thank you for all those who share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Abolish Poverty, End Suffering
Read and reflect on John 21:15–17 as a meditation. Let your mind be drawn to places where people have no homes. Think of refugees whose homes were destroyed by war or natural disaster. Be aware of the hungry and homeless, who wander the streets or live in shelters. Let the images fill your mind. Offer a prayer for those who are suffering. Imagine Christ tending those sheep. Think of ways you might end their suffering as part of your mission. Throughout the day, carry in your mind the voice of Christ saying: “Feed my lambs…tend my sheep…feed my sheep.”

Peace Covenant
Today, God, and every day, I will try to make a difference.

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  1. Norma Mercurio

     /  22 October 2013

    Eleanor, thank you for your beautiful sharing of how one person can make a difference…we all are called. Just think of the difference you are making in the lives of all your readers!


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