We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know.--
W. H. Auden
One of my all-time favorite quotes. This came to mind when I was on a phone interview with a writer from Outreach magazine. Grace had been recognized for our outreach efforts and he wanted to
know why we do all that we do. He remarked that most churches he speaks to name one or two programs. I stopped at five. I didn’t want to show off.
We do this simply because it is what Jesus has called us to do; “Love one another”, “Feed my sheep”, “whatever you have done for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”. We do it to serve Christ in one another. The gift card drive for the Vista Teen Outreach is fresh in my mind and I know that whenever anyone has done a kindness for a family member, especially one of my children, I
am even more grateful than if they had done it for me. We help others as a thankful, loving response to God’s infinite grace, love, and mercy. I am blessed to be a part of a community of faith that not only knows this but truly believes and lives it.