So I followed a school bus home today. It made several stops along the way before it turned on to another street. I watched as kids were dropped off to waiting parents on the street corner who welcomed them with open arms. It was the first day of school! Some kids looked tired, others were filled with excitement. In all the flurry, I too noticed the new haircuts and the spiffy clothes that some sported as they hopped off the bus.
Later, CBS Evening News played a story about “Project First Day,” where a woman who lives 25 miles from Joplin, MO decided to launch an effort to sew new clothes for the tornado stricken children to wear they’re first day of school – today. These precious children “sported” their dresses and outfits with joy and pride for the cameras! Admittedly it brought tears to my eyes. Here is a woman who felt helpless in the disaster but realized she did have a gift that she could share – stitching with love. Asking others to join in the effort, she collected over 1400 items hand sewn this summer for the school children of Joplin. You can read more about this story on the CBS Evening News.
I was humbled by her tenacity to use her gifts freely and to encourage others who have this gift to use it as well. This is the body of Christ at work.
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12: 6-8
… If you have the gift of sewing, stitch back-to-school clothes for the children of Joplin……
Where had you seen the Body of Christ at work? What gift do you have to share or where have you witnessed others sharing their gifts as part of the Body of Christ in the world? Tell us about it.