Wednesday, November 16, 2011

To whom much is given...


... much is required. This is a quote you have most likely heard in a number of different contexts. JFK used this sentiment that originally comes from a parable in Luke 12:48.

As Thanksgiving day quickly approaches, I have been thinking about this quote. I love that we have a holiday set aside to gather with friends and family to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. (Not to mention the fried turkey and Mrs. Winget's sweet potato souffle - yum!!) But this year I am also feeling called to take this holiday's sentiment one step further. To pay it forward as they say. There are so many people in each of our communities that cannot afford basic necessities for their families. And a Thanksgiving meal? Sadly, that may simply be out of the question. I am giving myself a challenge this week - won't you join me? Find an organization that gives back to your community - donate, volunteer, serve.

This message of sharing has been put on my heart this week by an organization that is very near and dear to my heart - Crisis Assistance Ministry. It started in Charlotte in 1975 and continues today offering financial assistance, and "free stores" of clothing, furniture and other household items. Their goal is to compassionately serve those in need by restoring dignity to each of their clients. I was fortunate this week to have Carol Hardison and other CAM staff come to the studio for a luncheon. It was a wonderful blessing to have everyone there, see the video below to see what I mean!



Thank you to Carol and everyone who works and volunteers at Crisis Assistance Ministries. You are truly an inspiration for this season and all year long!

3 comments:

jenniferplayer said...

Susan, what a beautiful quote and verse that reminds us all to pay it forward. We at Crisis are so thrilled to have such great supporters in the community! It is through people like you that we are able to serve those in need. You are also an inspiration to so many! Happy Thanksgiving!

pattisjarrett said...

Yes, it is a tough year for many; we have been blessed to be a blessing. Thanks for your generosity.

JVRM said...

Your baby is adorable. Perfect in every way. And love the arts and crafts and everything. I'll have to try them out at my X-mas party. Merry Christmas!