And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.~ Philippians 4:7
Don‘t we all want to experience deep peace?
When facing the challenging parts of life, it can be difficult to see the light and find the path to peace. It feels wearisome to find the resources within us to reach out to others when we are in need ourselves. Yet, Christ showed us that caring for others is the path to peace.
My family came to Zion during a particularly challenging phase of life. You, my church family, helped me more than you can know by showing me how you live by giving of yourselves and your resources generously. Through you, I was better able to see Christ.
My daughters also grew under the care of our church family. Before they had reached adulthood, they‘d established projects on behalf of those in Buffalo, and the homeless of the cities. They had learned to put compassion into action in spite of daunting personal challenges.
In 2009, my family was facing yet another challenge. In spite of the fact that I was ill, and my future son-in-law was in critical condition with H1N1; in spite of the reality that I was frightened, I recited a mantra, Peace through service to others. It was time to act on the lessons taught by Christ, by my church family and by my daughters. It was time to make certain that the frailty of our bodies was not exclusively what would define that moment. What a moment it became!
Together with another mantra that many Christians recite, Go forward in faith, plans were put into motion to install a bookcase at the Buffalo Food Shelf. These shelves would be stocked with children‘s books to be given away to families visiting the food shelf.
Today, books are collected all around the Twin Cities and distributed through several food shelves. A nonprofit, Read to Feed the Mind, was formed. Zion members volunteer and support this ministry, which serves children in poverty. It is also a testament to the power of service.
This simple act, reaching out to serve those in need by sharing time and resources has been powerful beyond description, perhaps even beyond understanding. Never have I known deeper satisfaction and peace.
Care enough to share your resources generously and serve others. You might be surprised by who benefits!
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.Mahatma Gandhi.