Echo recently had the chance to give back to our community in a meaningful way. In December we partnered with Douglass Elementary School and the Walnut Hills Faith Alliance to provide Christmas presents and daily need items for nearly 30 families in our neighborhood.
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the school and help people load things into their cars during pickup after the school day. Those who received gifts were nothing but grateful. There was also a buzz from the children in the building who were giving me high fives in the hallway. Every teacher and administration person I met from the school that day was grateful for the support.
One mother of four children was overcome with joy as she walked into the library to receive the basket made for her. She continued to thank me as I walked her to her car to place items in the back. Sure, it felt good to receive the gratitude—but the praise, of course, is not why we serve.
When Jesus invites us into a relationship with Him and we accept, He’s asking us to give up our former lives to follow Him. I believe part of the new life found in Jesus is sacrificing for the Lord and seeking opportunities to connect with those around us in meaningful ways. This act of service, the giving of gifts to those who might not have something otherwise, is a simple way to show the love of Jesus to our neighbors.
I’m glad to be part of a church where people care enough to put the needs of others before themselves. I’m looking forward to our next opportunity.