Remembering and Serving

 

Every season of our lives brings with it new choices and opportunities.

The beginning of this second year without Les has been a time of memories and of serving.

On November 21st, Southern Pharmacy had a dedication ceremony for a Remembrance Garden in front of the building.  It is a small area set aside to remember those employees who have died while working for the pharmacy.  Each deceased employee was honored with an engraved brick with their name and the date of their homegoing.  It was an emotional, yet sweet time, as I was surrounded by my family and by Les’ work family.  Marybeth shared her heart for each person and what they meant to their pharmacy family.

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Les loved to work at Southern Pharmacy.

We knew God ordained him to be there.

Thank you, Southern Pharmacy, for all of your love and support!

On Tuesday, November 27th, Edna and I spent the day at Operation Christmas Child, checking out shoe boxes before they were packed in crates

to be shipped to Honduras and an unspecified country in SE Asia.

What an operation that place is!

We met and worked with people from all over the country.  Ohio actually had the largest contingency there that day.

We didn’t re-pack the boxes, but we did check them for unapproved items and to add to those boxes that needed some more items.

What you pack in your boxes is what goes to that child!

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One of my favorite parts of the day was when all work was stopped

and we had prayer over the shoe boxes.

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We may have no idea who will receive the boxes we prepare and send out through Operation Christmas Child each year,

but we can know that it is thoroughly prayed over and will be sovereignly placed in the exact hands of the child God has chosen.

How great to be a part of God’s amazing work in this world!

Thursday night, our Women of Vision group hosted a “Hands, Feet, and Soles” night where we were able to minister to almost 300 local children.

The gospel was shared with each child and then we removed their old socks and shoes, washed their feet, and placed new socks and shoes on them.

I had the opportunity to be a foot washer.  For 2 1/2 hours, I sat before different children from 1 to 13 and talked with them about their lives.

The needs were great!

Every single one of them let me pray with them, even though a couple of the “macho” guys wouldn’t let me wash their feet!!

It was an overwhelming night for us and for the kids.

Who knows just how many seeds were planted that night.  Pray that those seeds will take root in their lives and produce Godly men & women.

To complete an action-packed week, I volunteered, along with my sister, Debbie, at the NewSong concert last night.

It was a full house!

God was lifted up!

World Vision was a sponsor of this event, which made me very happy.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to adopt a child to sponsor on a monthly basis.

I don’t know how many were adopted, but I observed some forms being filled out.

During intermission, Jack and Mark of NewSong were at the World Vision table.  Jack recently went to El Salvador with World Vision.

He shared with me how they visited an area World Vision is in the process of setting up.  He said the conditions were horrible.

Then they were taken to another area where World Vision has been in place for about 8 years.

The difference was unbelievable, according to Jack.

World Vision is making a difference all around this world.

You can partner with them and make your own impact in the world.

Think about giving a gift to World Vision this Christmas in place of something you don’t really need.

When we do “unto the least of these,” we do as to the Lord!

We may not be able to change the whole world, but for that one child you help, it will truly change their life.

Remember the real reason of Christmas is CHRIST.

Without CHRIST, there would be no CHRISTmas!

Lots of love, Sharon


2 thoughts on “Remembering and Serving

  1. So beautifully written and an awesome message to remember at this season and year round. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit work through you in your actions and in your writings.

  2. Sounds like you have already experienced a blessed Christmas season! (and there are 3 weeks left) I am so glad God has provided these experiences for you during a very tough season of your life. May God continue to carry you through this Christmas and allow you to feel His peace and love in a very special way. “He IS close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

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