What a wonderful idea, especially during this time of year when we are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the busy season that we tend to forget about those who are less fortunate than us, or those who may need a hand. One of the most important and least expensive gifts you can give someone is the gift of time.
On Sunday, a group of about 30 or more people from my church, including myself and my two girls went to some of the local shut-ins to deliver fruit baskets and sing some good ol' fashioned Christmas carols. Most of the shut-ins are members from our church who reside in retirement homes, but some live in old farm houses situated off the beaten path. It took a good 3-4 hours, including travel to deliver the baskets and sing carols. It was very touching to watch the expressions of the elderly people while we sang. Some of them cried, some sang along and some just squealed in delight and by the look in their eyes, you could tell that it meant everything to them to be remembered by their church family during the Christmas season. We definitely plan on doing it again next year....
Carley & Casey inside retirement home
Our Pastor with one of the "shut-ins"
More "shut-ins" enjoy the singing
I try to live my life by performing random acts of kindness on a daily basis. It is not something I plan out or think about. I simply live each day by being the best I can be and random acts of kindness just come naturally. I don't need a pat on the back - it is between me and God.
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