Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snow, Generosity, Amish

This week has been busy and blessed.
One of the key marks of the week has been snow. It's everywhere and it's deep. The snow pile at the end of the church parking lot is well over 10 feet tall. According to the guy who plows the parking lot, central Michigan has seen a new record - more snow in December than any time in the last 100 years.

On Tuesday, some guys from the church and I participated as volunteer helpers for a ministry called "Christmas Outreach." Christmas Outreach is a distribution point of donated items, mostly clothes, collected from churches and businesses, and distributed to people identified as needing some assistance at Christmas time. According to the Mark Behenna, lead pastor of the project, over 700 families were to be recipients. The number of things donated revealed something about the heart of the people in this area - they are generous folks.

Today I went to an Amish auction. Very cold. Reminded me of the day I bought a D-19 Allis-Chalmers tractor. Beautiful, the sun was shining, the snow piled high. As someone said - this is the day that the Lord has made. Amen.

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