The kitchen, which moments before buzzed with activity, fell silent. A group of over twenty volunteers gathered in a circle and the room, filled with all sorts of wonderful aromas, hushed. I had the honour of sharing briefly about the incarnation. We recalled the words from Wesley’s “Hark the Herald Angels” , “Mild He lays his glory by…” Jesus set aside his rightful claim to glory to be born “so that man no more may die…” We were given the opportunity to walk in the way of Christ and to serve. His incarnation is the inspiration for our ministrations as we seek to physically demonstrate something of the love of God. We prayed and received our instructions from the kitchen ‘boss’ and then it was every hand to service!
We had approximately 80 guests to Breakfast. We served a meal of Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, bacon and eggs, juice and coffee or tea. As each guest left some of the teenage helpers gave each a backpack which included: a warm hat, gloves or mittens, socks, a container for take home food (which many used that morning!), toiletries, and a gift card.
This was our fifth such Christmas Breakfast and it was a joy! I have had a very sore back lately so I was very restricted in what I could do. Mostly I circulated and chatted with friends. Occasionally I moved a bucket to catch a fresh drip from the leaky roof. A wonderful group did all the setup, the cooking, serving, and cleanup, each in their own area of giftedness. It was beautiful to see.
I have been seeing on Facebook all the “It was a Great Year” posts. 2014 has not been a great year for me and I am looking very much forward to 2015. There have been a number of death and sicknesses throughout 2014. I have been suffering from this bad back (though I have real reason to hope it will get better in the days and weeks ahead.) My son and his wife have had a year of misfortune with health crisis upon health crisis. These are times when our hope is tested! But we are so blessed to have hope! So many we see day to day live lives of quiet (or not so quiet) hopelessness.
We have hope for the New Year. We believe it will be a year of “Break Through”. We believe this will include Street Hope’s ministry and our personal health issues. Would you join us in praying for this Break Through?
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year of “Break Through” to you.