How Christian Churches in Boise Can Help Their Neighbors Beyond the Holidays
"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves."
~ Roman 15:1
The weather, which forced several local Christian Churches to close this past Sunday, provided us with more than just difficulties getting into work the following Monday. It provided us with the opportunity to practice God's grace by helping those who need it. Though the Holiday's are behind us, that is by no means a reason to turn a blind eye as winter settles in for the long haul. Here are just a few ways to prove your love of God by helping your neighbor.
Lend a Shovel
Or better yet, take over the shovel if you see an elderly neighbor working to clear their drive or walkway. Too many people suffer heart attacks at this time of year due to the effort and stress it takes to properly clear snow from footpaths and driveways. By offering to help or by finishing this chore for someone who is struggling with it, you could not only potentially save a life, you will also be showing God's love through your actions.
Make Too Much Stew
The colder weather can make it difficult for the elderly or disabled to manage basic tasks, such as cooking. Making a little extra stew, soup, or a casserole and taking it to a neighbor who you know would enjoy it, is such a simple way to keep the Spirit of the Holidays alive, even after they have passed for the year. Now is also a good time to redo your household pantry by taking the older (but still good) foods to shelters.
Share the Warmth
The weather has turned bitter cold in recent days, with temperatures dropping to dangerous levels. Many Christian Churches near me have collected spare coats, blankets, and gloves throughout the fall and winter. However, supplies are limited and often do not get replenished adequately after the first of the year. Donating old coats, blankets, gloves, hats, and boots can help and provide much needed warmth to families and individuals struggling to stay warm this year.
Above all else, keep Gods love close to heart and help your neighbor through your actions. To learn more ways to help your neighbor this winter, or to learn about our church and team, please contact Passion Church in Boise at (208) 809-0037.
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