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Recently I had the privilege of helping with the annual Christmas Brunch at Plano Community Home East, a low income retirement home. Roughly three dozen Christ Church volunteers, many recruited from our weekly Women’s Bible Studies, cooked and served around 100 residents a delicious meal, entertained them with a Christmas sing-a-long, and delighted a lucky few with a centerpiece as a door prize.
To be honest, I didn’t put a lot of thought into what I was doing as I prepared frittatas for this event. It was just another item I checked off my to-do list that morning. Once I arrived, I kept busy slicing spice cake and filling juice cups. As the residents slowly began to file in and I began to move among them serving food, the Holy Spirit nudged me to look up. That’s when I saw it. These elderly children of God, many of whom have limited mobility, were so thankful...for everything: thankful we’d cooked for them, thankful we served them, thankful we decorated for them, thankful we sang with them, thankful we came.
The beauty of that humbling experience is still with me. Something that took such a little bit of my time and effort meant so very much to so many. During the Ring in the Holidays women’s event in November, Fr. Paul taught about gratitude and what is declared when we operate out of a thankful heart. That Friday morning, the residents of Plano Community Home East taught me about gratitude as they enthusiastically acknowledged our brunch as a gift, graciously received the gift, and joyfully praised the Lord, the giver of all gifts.
This year our family chose to sponsor a Plano Community Homes resident through Angel Tree. As I write this, I pray that when I approach this as just another errand to check off my to do list, the Holy Spirit will give me a little nudge. May I look up and acknowledge His gift of salvation, receive His gift of grace, and joyfully praise the Lord, the giver of all gifts. 2 Corinthians 9:15
Leslie HousmanWomen's Ministry
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