Mittens and Scarves and Boots, Oh My!

11-23Saturday, November 23

By David Ettinger and Nick Moore of Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

—Proverbs 3:27–28

In the winter of 2011 in Iowa, we had below-freezing temperatures, blizzards, and ice. The Community of Christ Thrift Store in Council Bluffs, Iowa, became actively involved in giving new cold-weather clothing to needy, local elementary-age schoolchildren. A letter to the thrift store from teacher, Nick Moore, expressed the overall gratitude of the young recipients.

“I hope that you know the impact you are having on these children. When there may not be as much to celebrate as we would like, services like this matter most. The mother of one of my students came to school the next day and told me all about how her daughter interrupted their bedtime routine because she would not take off her new boots! They were her ‘most special and prized possession’ and she wanted to sleep in them…she has worn them to school every day since.”

Your contributions to World Mission Tithes help to provide Tangible Love grants that make mission possible through ministries such as Council Bluff’s Thrift Store and Pantry. Thank you for responding generously and helping to equip the children for winter.

Prayer for Peace
Loving God, we know the smallest among us can sometimes have the greatest needs. Help us nurture them and keep them warm. May we always witness to them that they will be safe in your loving arms. May we be generous and share Christ so the children may be at peace.

Spiritual Practice: Listening to Children
Sit in your quiet place and center your heart and mind on God’s presence. Spend several minutes asking God to bring into your awareness the names and images of children in your life. You may see their faces or hear their voice as you receive these impressions. Listen deeply to the unique gifts and needs of the children who come to mind. Offer a prayer of blessing for each child and the needs you perceive. If you feel led, you also may want to write a note or card and give a message of affirmation and love to each child.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will do something to provide love and warmth to a child.

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