Seven years ago, I heard the song “Give This Christmas Away” while driving home from work. It initiated a conversation between God and I, then between my husband and I. God lead us to “give this Christmas away” by serving a Christmas dinner to people in our community. It was our prayer that by involving family and friends in the preparation and sharing of this meal, we, in a tangible way, could express to others how much God loves them.
And so, we did it again this year, as we have done it over the past number of years, serving 135 meals to friends and families in and around our community. Here are some of the comments.
“Oh my, thanks so much for including us again for your Christmas dinner. We are all still stuffed. The gluten free bun was a great surprise and so good. Hope you all have a fantastic and blessed Christmas!”
“I want to personally thank you for the Community Christmas dinner I received yesterday. It was delicious and I even had enough left over for my dinner tonight! So that was a double- yummy! I would also like to extend my thanks to all the people involved in working together to make this happen. I am overjoyed to be part of such a friendly and loving community. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!”
“It truly is a blessing. And it is the first time our little guy ate meat, so I was in tears. It is more than just food, eh? Someone is at work through you guys.”
“Thank you so much for supper yesterday. It tasted wonderful. It was such a blessing to sit together as a family and enjoy your meal together. Thank you!”
“Thank you so much for the dinner. It was amazing!”
One of our volunteers commented, “It was fun to help tonight. I realized how much those events make you feel closer together as a family.”
We served one family where one member is terminally ill. He said he doesn’t normally like turkey, but he ate this and found it very moist and delicious.
We sent the meals out in love, covered in prayer, knowing that God would do His good works through our efforts. I want to thank our Selah Family who contributed with food and finances, along with those who volunteered to help prepare, serve and deliver.