In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan
PA got a whole ton of snow today. Normally seen as an opportunity to stay inside and keep warm with family, which is a great option, it was equally as fun to spend it driving around helping people as needed. I never thought I would ever be in the position to help get a big rig unstuck, but tonight that happened. At another point in the night, we came across a vehicle with a broken axle and probably the most high-spirited person I've ever spoken to while having his axle cracked in half and sitting in the middle of the road at midnight with his four ways on. It was so refreshing.
This Monday is Homeless Memorial Day. A quote from www.thesimpleway.org explains, "On the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, we come together to REMEMBER homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who have passed away in 2009, HONOR those still living on our streets and in shelters, and CALL for a renewed committment to end homelessness." Wherever you live, there is almost guaranteed to be an opportunity to help out on this day. One local church near us is holding a community vigil and taking donations of food and winter clothing/coats. They have a free breakfast on weekdays for the homeless and reportedly around 165 people are served EVERY day, in just our local area! That is about twice as much as last year.
Here is a link to suggest simple ways you can help out: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/want_to_help/index.html
Wishing you love and warmth during the cold season,