Christmas Shoeboxes

It’s THAT Time of Year

By Kelly Brewer

This is the time of year that kicks into warp speed and is over before we realized it has begun. We say to each other “Take time to reflect on what you are thankful for,” but who has time for that? With all the busyness of getting to and from families to eat turkey, buy gifts, attend Christmas parties, try to not to disappoint kids, spouses, parents, and other family and friends, it can be challenging to see the big picture.

When I look back and think about what I am thankful for the list gets longer. It starts with some of the important, simple things, like not to be taken for granted: health, a job, the roof over our heads, meals on the table. Then the list starts to expand; my family; God has chosen to bless me with a beautiful, loving, wonderful bride and four awesome kiddos! It was just last year that we spent our first Christmas together as a family of six. Having our two sons home is another line on the list.

We have a great extended family through our church as well. Arapaho Road has given our family many opportunities to slow down and focus on the things that are important and a chance to serve others. Our Holiday Service Opportunities are always something our family tries to take advantage of, because it takes a little bit of “me” out of the time and turns our sights to others.

Our family took shoe boxes to the store and gave one to each of our children to fill for Operation Christmas Child. We were also able to allow them to choose coats that they liked and gift to kids their own age through Arapaho’s partnership with Hickman elementary. Just before Thanksgiving our family had the privilege of serving a meal to international students at the International Leadership of Texas. These students are away from home, out of school for the week, and new to the traditions of why we sit around and eat turkey on the last Thursday of November. These are all very special times our family served together, in our community and internationally.

One of our church’s pillars is “Growing Strong Families.” I am thankful to be a part of our group of believers that, at it’s core, want us to grow in our faith and reach out far beyond our walls to share the love of Christ in simple and tangible ways. Arapaho continues to find ways to serve our community and utilize the tools and gifts God has blessed us with. I’m looking forward to future opportunities to serve and see who else God will bless us to serve with! Leave a message below of what you are thankful for this season.

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