I had to spend a few hours in the urgent care last week receiving fluids and anti-nausea medicine for a pretty wicked stomach bug. They say they don’t refrigerate that saline solution, but when it enters your arm it feels like its been in the freezer. My body began to shiver uncontrollably until the nurse brought me a blanket. “It’s amazing what one blanket can do.”, I said. She smiled and nodded in agreement because as soon as she covered me up I could feel the warmth and my body stopped quivering.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44
I know it hasn’t been cold here yet, but as Christmas approaches no doubt the cold will come with it. If not this month, then next. As you make your Christmas list full of gifts and food I want to ask that each of us add one more thing to it. Will you consider going through your closet and finding a blanket or two – maybe it’s one you have forgotten you had or maybe it’s one you use all the time – then drop it off at the Raleigh Rescue Mission downtown. Every night they have a line of men, women, children and families that need a place to stay. If they don’t have room they offer them a blanket to stay warm IF THEY HAVE THEM.
I was reminded today of the comfort and warmth one blanket can bring when you don’t feel good, when it’s cold, when you are all alone and suffering. Will you join me in making a difference in the night and life of someone in need during this winter season and donate a blanket?
Please bring donations of non-food items to our Donation Center located at:
1200 Corporation Parkway, Suite 121
Raleigh, NC 27610
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm; CLOSED Sunday and Monday