As we move through the desert wilderness of our Lenten journey, I’d like to offer an oasis of love and caring, formed by many of you and others like yourselves.
Last year’s walk did not hold much promise as the season of Lent came upon us. Our host church (Brewster’s Bible Alliance Church) had burned to the ground the previous Fall. We lost everything we used on the walk. We had to rebuild from scratch and it seemed overwhelming.
And yet, as it turned out, it was our most productive walk in years!
People came from unexpected places to help and volunteer. The congregation of our host church showed up in droves, providing financial and physical support, (proving that a church is not a building, but the people who worship together). And might I also mention the continuing and wonderful support of Father Linton and my CHS family.
We were able to help a young family with a child with cerebral palsy. We helped a young girl with autism and depression anxiety through contributing to the purchase of a service dog. We provided financial support to a family of seven (one child autistic) who were on the doorstep of homelessness. We made respite gifts to two families of children with profound illnesses and gifts to brighten the Christmas of families buried in medical and other bills.
All this you did on your Lenten journey last year. You’ve shown me that, while “giving up” something for Lent may be noble, that “giving” during Lent is close to divine. Many thanks and blessings to all those who joined with us to honor and pay homage to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and to help those in need in our community. I look forward to working with you again in this year’s Walk.
[Registration at 8:30 a.m., pledge sheets from Rich Weeks.] Yours In Christ, Rich Weeks