Making a Difference Today
by Pastor Jocelyn Carson | August 14, 2009
MAKING A DIFFERENCE TODAY
God has blessed us each with gifts that we can then use to make a positive difference in the people and the world around us. The variety of gifts is amazing—musical talent, abilities to write poetry and prose, a passion for those in need, a warm and welcoming heart, ability to plan and organize, gifts of cooking, mechanics, gardening, listening, public speaking and of course the gifts of the Spirit listed by the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians 12: 4-31. We are gifted to make a difference!
I want to make a difference for those who suffer with Alzheimer’s disease and their care-givers and I invite you to join me. Alzheimer’s disease is a very personal concern for me as it caused my father-in-law’s death in 1985 and my mother now has this disease, too.
As I have walked with my mother through the stages of Alzheimer’s, I have mourned with her the loss of the memories of good times, bad times, names, events, jobs, and in fact so many of the things that make her the unique individual she is.
The most important things I can do for my mother is to be with her and love her and pray for her. AND I can walk on Saturday, September 12th in the Alzheimer’s Association “Memory Walk.” Would you join me in walking or make a donation to this great organization? The Memory Walk begins at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, with registration at 8:30 AM. The walk begins at 10:00 AM.
The money raised will go to support a 24/7 Helpline at 800-848-7097; Support Groups, Care Consultants, Education, and Advocacy for issues such as research, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care and family support. Most of us know someone who could use these services.
Health Care issues are in the news a lot these days. As a people of God and as a nation we need to make some difficult decisions about how to care for all people with fairness, justice and mercy. There are many people who need our prayers and our monetary support for a variety of health concerns. Thank you for the difference you make when you donate to any worthy health care effort or offer prayers for the ill.
The prophet Micah writes, “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
May God bless our walking and our praying so that it makes a difference!
Making a Difference Today #2: Your prayers make a difference for your family, your friends, and your church. I hope you have a list, at least in your head, of those for whom you pray. Please include your Pastor, your Associate in Ministry, your Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator, and your Church Council members in your prayers. If you are not yet a member of the Trinity Prayer Chain, you may join it by calling Roz Fry at 425-259-5263. You may also call her when you have a prayer request to share. Thank you for your prayers!