Friday, November 20, 2009

sweet 'lil shoeboxes

i mentioned earlier that we would be participating again in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. it has become a beloved tradition as well as a lesson in giving to others, and counting our blessings.

BigGirl went on a Dollar Tree shopping spree, picking out things for a little boy and a little girl. every once in a while she'd ask if she could get something for herself, and i had to remind her that we were shopping for children who have nothing. she wavered between understanding and confusion, her attitude shifted back and forth from giving to wanting.

she packed up the boxes by herself. she wrote a sweet little note for each child, and drew them pictures of hearts, crosses, sunshines and rainbows, and folded it up just so. i saw compassion and joy overcome her.

Sarah at Real Life hosted Operation Christmas Child Carnival where bloggers shared their OCC experiences. i hope you'll consider making Operation Christmas Child part of your Christmastime tradition, too. there is more information about Operation Christmas Child on the website

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
-Luke 6:38

"...we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
-Acts 20:35