Yes, I know…it’s been almost 8 months since I last blogged, but I’m back and I’m going to try to do my best to keep a handle on writing more often.
Today, my church (Bayside of South Sacramento) put on our annual “Bless A Family” event where we go into a low income neighborhood and love on the kids and families of that area. Normally, we take random referrals from schools in a certain district and combine everyone together, but this year, we focused on an entire elementary school in Del Paso Heights, ages Pre-school – 6th grade. I had the pleasure of serving on the committee this year and was given the task of providing food for all of the children, their families and all of our 256 volunteers. In total, we fed around 1700 people today. After receiving huge donations from Mimi’s Cafe (love their breads and muffins) and WinCo foods, we were able to provide a nice, well-balanced snack to everyone involved. Not only did the families participate in a Christmas program where they heard the word of God, but they received huge teddy bears and the big finale!!!…Brand new bicycles for every child in the school. It was a surprise to the kids and their parents, but when they got to their classrooms, shiny bikes (loaded with pink streamers for the girls) were waiting with their names on it!
Never in my life could I have imagined what today would be like! The most amazing thing that hit me today is that despite the drug infested area in which they live, despite their lack of food in the fridge, despite the fact that their electricity may be hours from expiring…those children and their mothers and fathers had such a deep joy and appreciation for the gift of a simple stuffed animal and a cherry red bike! I’m exhausted tonight and I can barely lift one foot in front of the other, but wow!…the aches are worth every bit of love of pleasure those kids received today and for maybe just a brief second, they were able to let go of the daily heartache and embrace a small glimmer of hope that there is a God who loves them and wants nothing more than to provide everlasting security! Tonight, I am the one who is blessed!