by Merianna Harrelson
As we were talking through the preparation for our Christmas Celebration at Leaphart Place, a resident apartment complex for adults with special needs who have aged out of government assistance, one of the residents who attends our church asked:
But what do you guys do for each other for Christmas?
We all looked at each other and started laughing. We certainly celebrate with a Christmas Anniversary Dinner every year, but really we are hoping with that celebration to see people who have been a part of our community and have moved on or to welcome in new members to our community and our traditions.
Finally, when we finally got ourselves together, we were able to answer:
Well, we believe that church isn’t about us. It’s about serving others. We have been richly blessed by God, and we want to share that with others.
Which is why we packed up presents and appetizers and sweets and headed over to Leaphart Place last night to celebrate with a group of young adults who might not have family to celebrate with and for whom Christmas might just be another Wednesday.
What a wonderful time to share love, joy, peace, and hope with these young people and continue to develop relationships with them!