Tonight, I had the honor of attending a benefit for a family who attends our church. The father is in the drama ministry with me, and his teenage son was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In addition, I had the even greater honors of getting to perform in a scene and seeing the performances of two scenes I wrote. I got to listen to some amazing singers and musicians. There was even some Mellencamp (because, you know, no one in Indiana can go ten minutes without a Mellencamp song). My husband and I both had a good time tonight, and I got to spend some time with great friends, as well.
What was truly amazing was knowing that the 200+ people who attended (and there were more who bought tickets in support, even though they couldn't attend) were there to stand by their friends. I've been going to this church for almost five years now, and I haven't really been close to a situation like this before. But to see the outpouring of love (and money!) for a family who needs some financial (and spiritual!) blessings right now is amazing. It was such a wonderful example of what caring people can do when they work together.
I know you are all wonderful, caring people. All three of you who read this blog. Not to use Christianese on you here, but what are you doing to bless someone's life? Heck, what am I doing to bless someone's life? Sure, I showed up to perform at the benefit tonight, but I really enjoy performing. It was just as much a treat for me as for anyone watching (probably more so). What can we do on a daily basis to ensure our friends know that we care about them? Do you have any friends who are in need? Can you take them a meal or send them an anonymous grocery gift card? Or even do some things that are free: babysitting, visiting, sending an encouraging e-mail?
Take time to pray about who needs your help and what you can do. The answer might surprise you!