The Gift of Dignity
This last week in the scheduled vacation absence of Marjorie MacLeod, our superb treasurer, I was entrusted with depositing the funds generously contributed by the congregation over the last couple of weeks. Standing insecurely at the bank teller’s window with fistfuls of checks in one hand and cash in the other, I truly felt like a messenger delivering a gift that was far beyond my own reach. And indeed it was.
Just think of the Christmas giving this year from our congregation: the Christmas cards distributed by the Sarah Lee and Henry, the clothing collected by Earla, the pillow case funds generated and donated by the Benevolence Committee, the family giving tree sponsored by WOW, and the Christmas Fund collected in our offering to support retired pastors in need. While the efforts have been multiple, the intent and the impact have been singular, to bring dignity to those in need: to connect them with loved ones, to give them warmth, to provide counsel to those at risk, to provide social services to the vulnerable and a bit of security to those who have committed their lives to serving others.
This, really, is what Christmas is all about.