10 The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11John replied, “Whoever has two tunics should share with him who has none, and whoever has food should do the same.”
Lent is a time for “ALMSGIVING”
"The Lenten call to almsgiving means making the needs of other people our own. One of the central lessons of the cross is compassion; the heavy burdens we carry help us to appreciate the suffering in others.” - Teaching Catholic Kids
Jesus, on the cross, bore our burdens.
At The Free Store at Camp Christian, we invite folks from our local community to come and get what they need…not as an act of charity, but as an act of solidarity in their burdens, an act of brotherhood, an act of compassion for our neighbor, and an understanding that his or her burden is ours. We are there to help bear their burden and hopefully make it less, through an offering of a towel, a blanket, a hug or a listening ear.
You may have seen through social media a 40 day Lenten closet clean out. The charge is to take a bag and fill it with 1 item each day and at the end of the 40 days, deliver your bag to a Thrift or Free Store. If you are looking for a practice this Lenten season, this may be right for you.
I like this idea a lot. But I will take it one step further. Each day, remove an item, (something of value to you, not something you hate.) Pray over it. Bless it. Send it out in love to reach someone in need. They need your prayers as much as your towels. Then, deliver your bag to your local Free Store or Thrift Store, or if you can, send it on to Camp Christian. If you would like to take your offering one step further, bring it down and spend the day working with us and meeting folks who visit. We would love to have you. It is here, in community with each other, where the true soul transformation takes place.
Bless you during this Lenten season.
Camp Christian Food Services Coordinator
The full Lenten Devotional Booklet can be downloaded by clicking HERE.