“Don’t forget to buy….”
We all recognize these familiar words. It’s what a loved one says to us as we head out the door to run some errands. Or it might be what we tell ourselves to remember especially. Often it’s something we use all the time but have run out of or something that needs replacement-in other words, household goods.
Sometime between now and Sunday as you grab your keys and head for the store, don’t forget to buy something for our Welcome Home baskets for formerly homeless people who will now have permanent places to live.
There’s a list attached of suggested items. But really you know what’s needed. You’ve moved or gone camping. You know what makes a place homey. Bedding, sheets and towels and blankets, tooth paste and toothbrushes, pots and pans, dishtowels, laundry soap, sponges, tinfoil, brooms, mops, plates and cups, utensils and paper products. What did you need when you last moved? What are you buying today at the store? Perhaps you can buy two instead of one and drop the extra into a basket when you come to church either Sunday morning to Eucharist or at the forum at 4:30 in the afternoon.
I did my shopping at a box store this week and I found myself gleefully throwing extra things into my basket with a growing sense of joy and generosity, knowing that these very things were going to make someone’s life better and also provide witness that people really do care.
“So don’t forget to buy… ” In this case it’s part of living generously. And the reminder is coming from the One who loves us all so dearly he bought our redemption with his life. It’s the least we can do!