One of the ministries that has popped up at St. Nick’s is a Free Lending Library. Every Sunday religious and spiritual books for all ages are available to help all ages learn about Jesus and take a little church home with them for the week. This has been a welcomed ministry that was started by a member of our community. One of the blessings of starting a new community of faith is seeing where God is at work within each one of us. It has been humbling to see people start small groups, envision ministries based on their interests, and reach out to the community in love.
Imagine my delight when one of the families from St. Nick’s shared the news that they have created a Little Free Library in their neighborhood during this time of physical distancing. They wanted to do something for their neighborhood and pray that it will bring a little cheer and erase some boredom.
This neighborhood ministry is a reminder that we are all called to do our little part in sharing the love and joy of Jesus. It reminds me of the prayer by Edward Everett Hale.
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything;
but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. Amen.
I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel hopeful. Hopeful because I know that there are so many others out there doing their one little part during this pandemic. Not only have I seen free libraries, but also free little food pantries. I have watched friends on social media post pictures of the masks they are making to help doctors and nurses. Members of our community have written notes to isolated folks in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Neighbors are bringing food to one another and sharing supplies that are in short supply.
All of these little things matter. They add up.
All of our ministries to spread cheer and joy right now add up, much like a collection of words adding up to a page, a collection of pages to a chapter, and a chapter to a book. Or we can (and do because we are Christians) think of all of these people sharing love and cheer as the Body of Christ.
Right now, we are all in our own little places and spaces doing our part to make the love of Jesus known. If you are like me (an extreme extrovert) you may be feeling like you are alone. But really, you have the Body of Christ with you. You somehow have Jesus there with you too. He is whispering in your ear to spread joy, share some good cheer, call a friend, call an elderly family member, search out the needs in your community and do one little thing.
So take heart today for a moment, friends. Take a moment to feel joyous about a family who was moved to share a little bit of knowledge and good cheer. Take a moment to thank God for all the people out in the world spreading good cheer. In all of these actions we are together spiritually.
I am rejoicing in the very good news today that through the one little something we do, the love of Jesus Christ is being made known through us, the Body of Christ.
Sending Hugs and God’s Peace, Love, and Blessings,