Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your
hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27
It’s less than one week until the 10th anniversary of September 11. I don’t know about you but the details of that horrible day seem just as clear as if it were yesterday. I remember being glued to the television for what seemed like weeks.... the images still ingrained in my memory. I will never forget!
I’ve been praying about what I could do this year to honor those who lost their lives 10 years ago. My prayers were answered by something I heard on the radio. K-Love has launched the “Million Lives Campaign” to help commemorate the 9/11 anniversary. They are asking their listeners to make a commitment to encourage, serve, and help others in a single day. What better way to show we care and to send the message that we have not forgotten, than to make a difference in the lives of others!
This week K-Love is participating in community projects, and the afternoon DJ’s, Scott and Kelli are broadcasting their show live from NYC. Don’t miss special guests, community leaders, and listeners as they share their 9/11 stories and the plans they have for involvement in the National Day of Service.
Here are some ways you can get involved in “making a difference”...
• Volunteer (with your children) at a local homeless shelter, food bank, or soup kitchen
• Pitch in and clean up the yard of a neighbor who is ill or who has had surgery recently
• Find a person who is homeless – give them a few dollars, buy them a meal, or simply talk to them
• Plant a tree in your neighborhood
• Give blood
• Say a special “thank you” to community workers (police, firemen, road crews, mail carrier, garbage man...)
If you need help finding other service projects, christianvolunteering.com offers a list of volunteer opportunities including local needs, volunteer opportunities from home, short term missions, and much more.
To find opportunities in your community, visit http://christianvolunteering.org
Over 6,354 K-Love listeners have already made a commitment to the “Million Lives Campaign.” Can you imagine if one million people set out in the spirit of togetherness and remembrance to make a difference in someone’s life? I’ve signed up... and plan to send some thank you notes this week to people that make a difference in my community. On my way to church on Sunday, I am going to buy a cup of coffee for a stranger in hopes that they will pass it on. So, how are you going to honor those who lost their lives? I’d love to hear what you will be doing on 9/11 ... feel free to post a comment.
You can click here to check out K-Love’s challenge and make your commitment: http://www.klove.com/ministry/make-a-difference.aspx
As we observe the 9/11 remembrances on Sunday, take time to pray that God will use each one of us to help restore hope to the hurting and lost in our world. One person, one day at a time... together we can “make a difference.”
God’s Peace, Donna Weaver
“Peace is not something you wish for, it’s something
you make, something you do, something you are,
and, something you give away.” – Robert Fulghum