During the remaining weeks of advent, we’ll be extending mercy to the city in some special ways. Rather than doing this through an event or through donations, this is something we can all do on our own time as families, as friends, or as community groups (or any creative combination of people you would like)! I am praying that this will be a time for all of us to step out in faith and love the city in small but significant ways.
I encourage you and invite you to pray and ask how God may have you move out in hope, joy, peace, and love in the coming weeks. Here are a few ideas, but let the Spirit lead and guide you and yours!
- Help someone who may be unlikely to have a lot of community celebrate the season! Make or have your kids make a card for a neighbor who may be lonely (elderly folks this time of year often experience a lot of loneliness) or choose a gift to hand deliver to someone
- Consider those in the homeless community that you may pass regularly; bring them a hot meal/something warm to wear and carve out some time for a conversation if they’re open to talking
- If you know an immigrant or refugee family/individual or an international student who may be far from loved ones and/or unfamiliar with U.S. Christmas traditions, think about having them over for a meal or inviting them into a family tradition (like choosing a Christmas tree!)
- Ask your children’s teachers or school administration if there are any supplies or materials that are needed in the classroom and take the opportunity to express appreciation
- Ask a fellow Citylifer that may be involved in a ministry in the city if there is an event or project this month that could use an extra set of hands
These are just a handful of ideas to spark some thought! Don’t feel limited to these things, and feel free to be creative! The hope is that these acts of mercy will foster good relational interaction and provide a chance to share the season’s joy.
As you and your family and friends take steps on this adventure, share your stories of how God worked and what the experience was like (the good, the bad, and the ugly all welcome–mercy is beautifully messy at times) on the Citylife Social facebook page so we can all share in the Christmas cheer!
May these advent days be merry and bright with the joy and magnificent light of our Savior!