And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40 KJV
Christ calls us to extend our love and aid to those around us as if we were serving the King himself.
In a world full of hardships and suffering, there is no end to the ways we can live out our faith and provide a loving gesture to those in need. By focusing on our abilities and favorite activities, we can discover unique ways to serve others.
Here are four ways you can serve others right from your assisted living community.
1. Making Quilts
Many national groups such as Quilts of Valor and Project Linus, as well as local homeless shelters, women's shelters, children's hospitals and animal shelters are often thrilled to receive well-made blankets.
If you aren't very skilled at sewing or don't have access to a sewing machine, then organizations accept crochet and knit afghans or no-sew blankets that are created by simply cutting and tying blocks of fleece together.
2. Baking Cookies
If baking is something you love, then why not send troops overseas a sweet reminder of home? Soldiers understandably are encouraged not to eat gifts sent by strangers, but with some research, you can often find one of our men or women in uniform that you can treat.
The best way to get started is to reach out to your network of family, church members and fellow residents here at Bethesda Gardens in Monument, CO. Find out if anyone knows a soldier who'd like to receive care packages and baked goods. Then rustle up a few friends and get to cracking eggs in the country kitchen.
3. Writing Letters
Volunteer the gift of your thoughts and time in a handwritten letter.
Write to family and friends if you aren't already, and share stories and wisdom from your life. By sharing the lessons you've learned along the way, you might be able to spare your loved ones from having to learn it themselves, potentially the hard way.
Get in contact with local schools and see if they have or would like to start a pen pal group. Children love to receive mail of their own, and writing letters is a terrific way for them to practice penmanship and language skills.
Join a national group such as Operation Gratitude or Pen Pals for Seniors. There are many groups that reach out to the lonely and remind them through a simple note that they are not forgotten.
4. Reach Out to Your Assisted Living Community
People to surprise with loving deeds can be found just outside your door. By being attentive to your neighbors and the staff here at Bethesda Gardens, you will be able to spot new ways to offer help and encouragement. Some tips for getting started include:
- Make a thank you card for the dining, activity or housekeeping staff and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts
- Spend an afternoon conversing or watching a movie with a neighbor who's unable to get around easily
- Offer to walk with new residents to the dining hall or activity locations until they learn the layout themselves
As we continue to follow Christ's command to love one another, let us turn prayerfully to Him and seek out the plans He has for our time and actions.
Posted on Fri, August 17, 2018
by Shawn Deane