Recently, I was blessed to attend a wedding on ‘the mountain”. For anyone not familiar with this term, the mountain is Sewanee - The University of the South. While sitting in the pew at All Saints’ Chapel at Sewanee, I was touched, reminded that angels are always among us.
I found a few that weekend. The two women who dropped everything to rectify a wardrobe malfunction so I can attend the wedding. The friend who drove me to the Church. The stranger who helped me with my camera.
When the world gets to spinning too quickly, the days fly by and I sometimes fail to recognize the angels. Earthly angels don’t have wings. They can’t fly and they rarely have haloes. They look like you and like me.
This Christmas season, I hope you will look for the angels that cross your path. My hope too is that you will find opportunities to be someone else’s angel.
Here are some ideas:
Franklin Family YMCA
This year the Franklin Family YMCA is participating in Operation Christmas Child. This is a sweet project that provides presents and gifts of need for children in Williamson County. There is also the opportunity to give directly to the Franklin Family YMCA. Your contribution provides resources to your neighbors in need for wellness in spirit, mind and body. To contribute please use this link: ymcamidtn.org/give. If you prefer your gift stays at Franklin, please designate the Franklin Family YMCA in your selection process.
One Generation Away
The mission of One Generation Away is to “bring fresh, healthy, food directly to people in need”. They do this by rescuing food seven days a week from local grocery stores and restaurants. Distribution is made monthly in areas of need throughout middle Tennessee. This is a great opportunity for folks who wish to volunteer their time as individuals or as families. Follow @onegenaway on instagram to find distribution days and volunteer needs. Volunteers help to pack up and to distribute food. Of course, financial assistance is also welcome. Contributions can made through the donate page at onegenaway.com.
Room in the Inn
Room in the Inn provides a Winter Shelter program that runs from November through March every year. This program provides safe shelter, warm meals and fellowship for those who struggle with homelessness during the Middle Tennessee’s coldest months. Nearly 200 congregations in our area participate with Winter Shelter. The need for volunteers to launder linens, cook and serve food, and provide fellowship is ongoing, as is the need for financial contributions. To find more information about volunteering or contributing please go to the website: roomintheinn.org
Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates
(Williamson Co CASA)
This year, Williamson County CASA has joined with the Williamson County Juvenile Court and other partners to provide Christmas presents for children in need. This program is underway and is called Operation Santa. Financial gifts for CASA support important programming such as the provision of a support dog, Rocklin, to attend court with a child; training CASA advocates to work with children, families and within the court system; and supporting at-risk families in creating stable home environments. To give a financial gift to Williamson County CASA, please go to the website: williamsoncountycasa.org/giving.
Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC)
This season, the WCAC is partnering with the Metro Animal Care and Control to provide Operation Silent Night. This program allows animals a break from the stress of the shelter offering a “silent shelter”. If you or your family would like to participate by sharing your home with a shelter animal during the week of Christmas, please contact debbie.Sims@WilliamsonCounty-tn.gov. To give directly to the WCAC please go to their website at adoptwcac.org and open the donate page. You can give gifts through the wish list or make a contribution through the PayPal link.
This issue of Southern Exposure magazine is filled with opportunities to be an angel during the 2019 Christmas season.
I hope you experience firsthand the angels among us.