Thoughts of the creative kind...
and thoughts of the humanity kind...
The creative thoughts are always welcome. I have started reaching for my phone in the middle of the night and typing out notes to myself less I forget come morning.
How can I help in the wake of tragedy? If it's a hurricane or an earthquake there is physical help needed. Practical needs must be met, food, shelter, blankets and blood donated.
But what about emotional catastrophe's like the horrendous acts of violence that seem to be happening with such regularity? I am a big believer in the power of prayer and that is always at the top of the list but I want to help physically, too. I want to contribute to making things better.
I came across a link to Joy's Hope. She has a list of basic supplies to keep in the car to hand out to homeless and struggling individuals. I have begun purchasing extras every time I go shopping and have started compiling my own bags to keep in the car so that when I get off the freeway and that homeless man, woman or teen looks at me, I won't feel tempted to look away. I can reach over, grab a bag and offer them a little dignity and hope. I can meet their gaze directly, smile and tell them that I am praying for them. That God sees them and hears them and still loves them.
"In my distress, I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free." Psalm 118:5
In the light of the troubles of the world, it doesn't seem like much, but to that one individual it could be just what they need.