My name is Sarah Erwin, and I serve as the Heartland Hands Coordinator at Open Door Mission. This is my first Christmas season working here, and seeing the great need of others during the holidays has reminded me just how blessed I’ve been over the years. I have never wondered whether we would have a holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings that year, because my family always did. I never spent a Christmas wondering if I would get a gift that year. I just knew that I would. It is amazing how I take these things for granted.
One thing that I absolutely love about the Christmas holiday is that, for a short time, most people focus on how they can give, rather than what they can get. I love seeing the generosity of others displayed; especially through the gifts of our donors at the Mission. They give gifts of time, gifts of finances, or by encouraging others to participate in drives to collect clothing for those in need. And this is how I know that these gifts are making a difference: I personally see the joy on our guests’ faces when they realize they’ll get a Christmas present this year, some of them for the first time in their lives. This alone could be life changing, but even more so because every gift is shared with the love of Christ and the message of His saving grace. That is what someone gives when they give at Open Door Mission. Material possessions can so easily be lost, but the gift of Christ lives on in our hearts forever.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Heartland Hands Coordinator, Open Door Mission.