but what can I do?


It has been one of those early mornings when my brain turns on before the sun comes up.  Thoughts start racing to the front of my mind seeing who can get there first.

Thoughts of the creative kind...

and thoughts of the humanity kind...

The creative thoughts are always welcome.  I have started reaching for my phone in the middle of the night and typing out notes to myself less I forget come morning.

The thoughts on humanity come just as swiftly but I tend to let them percolate a bit more. Those thoughts require a cup of coffee, my bible and devotional and some time staring out the window.

How can I help in the wake of tragedy?  If it's a hurricane or an earthquake there is physical help needed.  Practical needs must be met, food, shelter, blankets and blood donated. 

But what about emotional catastrophe's like the horrendous acts of violence that seem to be happening with such regularity?  I am a big believer in the power of prayer and that is always at the top of the list but I want to help physically, too.  I want to contribute to making things better. 

I came across a link to Joy's Hope.  She has a list of basic supplies to keep in the car to hand out to homeless and struggling individuals.  I have begun purchasing extras every time I go shopping and have started compiling my own bags to keep in the car so that when I get off the freeway and that homeless man, woman or teen looks at me, I won't feel tempted to look away.  I can reach over, grab a bag and offer them a little dignity and hope.  I can meet their gaze directly, smile and tell them that I am praying for them.  That God sees them and hears them and still loves them.

"In my distress, I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free." Psalm 118:5

In the light of the troubles of the world, it doesn't seem like much, but to that one individual it could be just what they need.

xo, Patty


  1. There is so much helplessness at times. But, you have come up with a way to help! What a sweet post!

  2. What a wonderful idea.

    Where I live I do not see homeless.

    I know they are there as we have a food bank which hubby and I donate too and the school provide lunches for children who do not have anything.

    To beable to give to a person whom you see must is such a gratifying experience. I remember my hubby and I when we lived in the city we took turkey to the Sally Ann place in Toronto. I cried all the way home after. I also seen a yong man coming out of a garbage bin and he was chewing looked like a piece of dried bead. And we were in traffic so could not get out.

    And my emotions got the better half of me as my Mom back then had just died and I was griefing for her.

    So I so applaud your kindness what you are doing.

    For years I made cards for children in hospitals who had cancer. And they would write me some of them to thank me. I cried all day.

    So it has its good and it has its tears. Mostly tears.

  3. This post made me smile. Merry Christmas to you!

  4. What a wonderful post, full of great ideas:) Also think that mug is just darling!

  5. Hi Patti, Great post-I'm going to check out Joy's Hope and look for suggestions too. I have been praying continually for the folks in Newtown. Thanks for sharing today.
    Hugs, Noreen

  6. Brilliant ideas on the list! Thank you for the link, and for being a light in the darkness:>)

  7. Patty, I love your sensitive and caring heart.

    You make me smile.


  8. Patty,
    YOU are the change WE wish to see in the world!
    Thank you for being His messenger!

  9. i love this idea so much!
    xo Kris


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