When You Just Want to DO Something!
He’s leaning over the table, mouth open in concentration. Two stacks of soft white socks brush his elbow as he reaches over them.
“Look!” he exclaims, proudly wriggling the toilet paper roll down into the gallon ziplock bag. Two water bottles stand erect beside it.
He pauses and I slide two folded pieces of paper down inside the bags with our picture smiling out through the plastic.
“Did you get the oatmeal?” I ask.
“OH!” and there is a rustle of cardboard and brown paper.
“Strawberry-flavored,” I read aloud. “Nice.”
He rolls two white socks up in eight year old concentration and places them inside the bag. I press out the air and seal it shut, before grabbing another.
In a month of riots and unrest, police officers and political conventions, there are summer storms that are brewing. Newscasters predict record high temperatures for much of the United States this week, and humanitarian organizations send out emails about severe dehydration concerns for the elderly and the homeless.
And we just wanted to do something tangible, something constructive, to help people around us.
In fumbling words, I wrote:
Hi, I realize that this bag is simple.
Daniel and I rolled socks, slid in oatmeal packets, stood up water bottles, squished in a roll of toilet paper, and slipped notes into twelve bags. Twelve bags seemed so small and yet so exciting as they sat on our cherrywood dining table.
“Mark, want to come pray with us for the people who will get these bags?” I asked him, as Daniel hopped on one leg beside me and jumped onto the chair.
Softly, warmly, we talked to God about the strangers whose names he already knew and we thanked him for the chance to help.
If you, or your friends or family, want to assemble similar bags, please feel free to use our ideas too. We were inspired by our church’s Vacation Bible school project, although we chose our own items to include. Or share with us other fun ways you’ve enjoyed reaching out in love and kindness. Those in email can click here to join the conversation.
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