suf·fer v. suf·fered, suf·fer·ing, suf·fers v.intr. 1. To feel pain or distress; sustain loss, injury, harm, or punishment. 2. To tolerate or endure evil, injury, pain, or death.3. To allow, especially by reason of indifference.
Each day we must decide which side we are on. Do we come to the aide of the suffering, or do we walk on the other side of the street, our eyes shielded. There are so many easy ways to help alleviate the suffering by volunteering, especially at this time of the year. Agencies all over need people to answer phones; relay information; collect food, clothes and toys; deliver meals etc. “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.~Proverbs 22:9 NIV”
Hotlines need people to answer phones for victims of PTSD and other mental illnesses who cannot find a reason to take another breath, war heroes who cannot find their way back home. Donating money when you have no time is also deeply appreciated by both the agencies and the people who have time to donate but no money. Together we will make good happen. Most of these opportunities can be carried out anonymously and the warm blessing you feel in your heart when you give to others is amazing. “3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. ~Matthew 6:3-4 NLT”
The following are just a few of my favorites to get you started, please click around on their websites to see what needs they currently have.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children
Prevention and treatment of child abuse
School supply and Christmas gift drives among many other projects
“Stop Child Rape” Provides aftercare for victims of sex trafficking
The following quote moved me in it’s sad truth.
When workers divide, it is the suffering who suffer most. They’ve suffered enough, don’t you think? ~ Max Lucado
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV)
I pray on this Monday, you are motivated to reach out; you never know how you will change another’s life and what they will be thankful for.