“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor…” Isaiah 61:1
There are so many ways of bringing Good News to the poor. Here’s one that I want to share.
I got a phone call last week from my friend Lynn Gairdner. I hadn’t seen her for about a year, but she’d been busy. “I’ve been making some quilts for the homeless”, she told me. Recently, she brought some of them over to my house. They are absolutely beautiful, and very practical too. They have a special layer of fabric insulation sown into them, and contain three `pockets’ at the bottom. One contains a pillow – when you remove the pillow, it’s a cozy foot-warmer. Another pocket contains a bag of new socks, mitts, toque, and towel, and a third pocket contains new toiletries. The foot-warmer pocket has some beautiful embroidery on it and the message: God Bless You.
What motivated Lynn? She’s seen some of the homeless people hanging around the downtown in Salmon Arm. The idea of the quilts came to mind. `But`, she said, `I tired to let it go.’ However the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let her go and basically said `Get on with it.’ Lynn could say, along with the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” She made 12 quilts over the past 12 months, and gave me two to take out to Sicamous United Church and Thrift Shop, trusting that we will find someone who indeed can use this beautiful gift. Lynn’s friend Trudy has been making baby quilts and scarves, and together they are blessing the community with their compassion and generosity. Thank you both for living out the Spirit of Christmas.