Coming from a military family with the fourth of July coming to a close, it’s hard for me not to think of the honorable men and women in uniform that paved the way before us. Those that sacrificially served and spent time away from their own families for the sake of earning my independence. They are the heroes we commemorate on holidays such as Independence Day.
I recently heard a legendary preacher state “You are somebody’s hero. You may not realize it but someone- somewhere looks up to you and admires you.” This, paired with July 4th, got me thinking…do the men, women and children that serve the Open Door Mission know that they are our heroes?
“This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. 3No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.”
From the retired business man that puts in a dozen hours every week over the years…the alum that returns to the Open Door Mission campus to lead devotions…the classroom full of children raiding their own pantries at home and going without so that our shelves may be stocked…the waitress that works on her feet all day who later hangs up her apron to drive the Open Door Mission van and serve meals to those living along the Streets of Omaha…
Whether you have ever volunteered for even a minute, donated a single penny, or so much as whispered a prayer on our behalf…in the eyes of the hungry and homeless we serve – you are a hero. You’ve taken a moment to put someone else’s needs ahead of your own and you’ve selflessly sacrificed. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Thank you for being our hero,
Victoria Gaskin, Executive Assistant
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