Monday, December 12, 2016

#LIGHTtheWorld Days 11 & 12

My family and I have decided to share how we honor the spirit of the holiday season and how we and others #LIGHTtheWORLD. We'll talk about service-- how we serve, or how we've been served-- in 25 Ways over 25 Days. You can learn more here

This post was created by my 17YO daughter.

Jesus Ministered to Children and So Can You, and Jesus Taught Others and So Can You.


"My best friend and I are peer tutors and help teach kids everyday life skills, and are there to play and learn with them, too. They are the sweetest and funniest kids."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 10

My family and I have decided to share how we honor the spirit of the holiday season and how we and others #LIGHTtheWORLD. We'll talk about service-- how we serve, or how we've been served-- in 25 Ways over 25 Days. You can learn more here

This post was created by my 12YO daugher, and me.

Jesus Helped People to Walk and So Can You.



"I watched a video about Jarem Frye, and I am grateful for all the technology there is that helps people walk."

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I'm guessing John doesn't even know I took this picture.


It was a typical day in midtown Manhattan, and a man pushing his cart with boxes of paper got stuck at a curb. A few boxes of paper fell off the cart.

Paper's heavy.

I stepped forward to help, but before I even could, others were already there, and had I gone to grab the cart or a box I'd only be in the way. Another man, not in this picture, also helped (had assisted getting the front of the cart onto the sidewalk and, obviously in a rush, called out, "Merry Christmas," before hustling away).

In total it took maybe three minutes, and it made me think of what motivates me to help in these situations. I began thinking about all the times I've dropped paper and gotten my cart stuck at a curb, cars honking at me as their light turned green. With time I don't seem to have and more effort than I think I can muster, I could/can/have do(ne) the work myself; but more times than not, people step in. Often it's as quick (relatively, of course) as this midtown paper transaction, sometimes it takes longer. But what's consistent (and what makes me feel gratitude and a desire to help in kind) is people stepping in, helping me where sometimes I can't even see help is needed, making it possible for me to move forward, to walk.

#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 9

My family and I have decided to share how we honor the spirit of the holiday season and how we and others #LIGHTtheWORLD. We'll talk about service-- how we serve, or how we've been served-- in 25 Ways over 25 Days. You can learn more here

This post was created by my 15YO daughter.

Jesus Visited the Lonely and So Can You.


"When my friend was being bullied, another friend and I put a letter and a gift together and brought it to her to make her feel better. We're still very close friends to this day."

Thursday, December 08, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 8

My family and I have decided to share how we honor the spirit of the holiday season and how we and others #LIGHTtheWORLD. We'll talk about service-- how we serve, or how we've been served-- in 25 Ways over 25 Days. You can learn more here

This post was created by my 17YO daughter.

Jesus Prayed for Others and So Can You.


"Praying for others makes you happier because you're serving others by blessing them."

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 7

My family and I have decided to share how we honor the spirit of the holiday season and how we and others #LIGHTtheWORLD. We'll talk about service-- how we serve, or how we've been served-- in 25 Ways over 25 Days. You can learn more here

This post was created by my 8YO daughter.

Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Can You.


"I'm bringing this food to my school. They are going to give it to families and children who are hungry. I think this is a good thing. I think this is being kind."

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 6

My family and I have decided to share how we honor the spirit of the holiday season and how we and others #LIGHTtheWORLD. We'll talk about service-- how we serve, or how we've been served-- in 25 Ways over 25 Days. You can learn more here

This post was created by my 10YO son.

Jesus Read the Scriptures and So Can You.


"I don't always understand everything I read in the scriptures. But I try my best. And when I read them I feel good, like I'm making a right choice."