Originally shared by my dear friend Leslie from Top of the Page, as a way to tangibly help those in need with the small necessities that we each take for granted.
If the idea of Blessing Bags is new to you, please check out the original post here, how we assembled them together at Thanksgiving, or last year's Happy Day post.
I love cute printables. I have ridiculous, crippling opinions about fonts.
I also know the last thing in the world someone with a cardboard sign on the street corner needs is a cute printable.
It's gross right?
They need to be known. They need to be seen. They need to be acknowledged.
The need help. They need hope.
They do not operate in a world of rainbows and unicorns.
What does a minivan driving mom on her way to soccer/ Target/ school drop off/ playdates/ know what it is like to stand in their worn shoes?
I know different pain, I know different brokenness. I know that each one of us has an ache in our hearts to matter. To be known.
A cute printable cannot fix their hurts. A ziploc bag filled with snacks, socks, and cough drops, cannot change their situation.
What words could I even jot down that would make any difference?
I have no idea.
That doesn't mean I won't try.
Regardless of how they got to that corner, they matter to the creator of the universe. He knows the number of hairs on their head.
What He loves, I love.
It is not my place to judge their current situation.
It is my place to see them. To offer a small bag of comfort.
To encourage them that they matter.
Even if thousands of cars pass by them, pretending not to notice.
How can we not?
In this season of abundance and thankfulness, take some time with your family and friends to assemble Blessing Bags.
Notice those that the world pretends not to.
Include a printable with a few handwritten heartfelt words jotted down. Your words, your care, your notice, might be the only love that they see that day/ week/ month/ year.
"We cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love."
(Printable available here.)