November 4, 2019

We all wonder if what we have to give can truly make a difference.  Is my time, my skills, or my money enough to change a person’s circumstances?  The answer is, “Yes!”  You are enough to make a difference.

I recently read a story of an 87-year-old woman in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  She was no longer able to leave her house and be as active as she once was, but she was not going to let that stop her from doing good for someone.

She was skilled at knitting and so, from her chair in her living room, she began to knit warm hats for the winter.  She can knit one hat a day.  To date, she has knitted over 75 hats.  Her daughter than takes them and distributes them to homeless shelters, schools, and children in need.  Recently, they put hats in individual plastic bags and hung them on a fence in the local park with the hopes that those who needed a warm hat would take one.

A news station from Boston learned of this wonderful gift and tracked her down.  She wanted to remain anonymous, but did tell them that she was glad to make a difference for those in need.  She told the news, “Little things mean so much to those who don’t have anything.”

We often think we have so little to give, but we can truly make a difference.  Our gifts, combined with our family of faith, truly bless life.  Our acts of kindness, like a warm hat hanging on a fence, make a difference.  We should never consider our gifts to be too small.  When we give, God can do wonderful things through us.

Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship