The Best Day

Today is one of the best days of the year. It’s Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives Christmas Party Day! (That’s a mouthful.)

It’s one of the best days of the year because we literally get to see Jesus’ mercy changing me, we and the world. I am humbled to be a part of such a large endeavor that blesses a community. We come together to serve and have fun. Rev’s people see that they matter. It’s chaos and it’s loud. It’s messy and it doesn’t always go as planned. But the smiles on everyone’s faces bring a bit of holy joy to our dark and cold world.

I was thinking about why we do it, about why it’s so important to Rev who has spearheaded the event for years and years. Sometimes people ask, “Is there really a need?” “The guests look like us and have some of the same things we do.” There doesn’t seem to be any vetting process for who receives.

Perhaps that’s the point and the way I can be changed. God doesn’t vet me and decide if I’m worthy of forgiveness and grace. (Thank God!)

Freely giving because we can – why that changes us. In a good way. (Thank God!)

Meeting others face to face and learning how much we have in common, that’s Jesus’ mercy at work in the world. We are all children of God. (Thank God!)

Read more about why we should personally help the poor here

Tomorrow is going to be the next best day of the year as we welcome Rev. Leon Kelly as our special guest and preacher. We’ll celebrate all that Jesus has done, is doing and will do in our midst. AND, get ready for Christmas! We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m.

Grace be with you,


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