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DIY Holidays: Crafting Love

 

snowmanMake your Christmas presents this year. It’s more personal and will save you money.

From a tin of homemade fudge to a colorful knitted scarf, your family and friends are sure to appreciate your hard work and thoughtfulness. You can also think bigger! Here are some organizations that allow you to knit, sew, and quilt your way to a better world.

Socks For Soldiers knits socks for soldiers serving in the Middle East.
Stitching Up The World knits, crochets, and sews items to donate to a variety of organizations. Their main effort is items for chemotherapy patients in New Hampshire. Based in Candia, NH, USA.
Threads of Love provides clothing, blankets, and other handmade articles for premature and sick infants. Threads of Love has chapters in the United States, Canada, and London, England.
Tiny Stitches is based in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and provides basic layettes to disadvantaged newborns and preemies in north Georgia. They also provide burial ensembles to families who lose an infant.
Ugly Quilts for the Homeless, My Brothers’ Keeper.
Victoria’s Quilts Quilts for cancer patients.

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Volunteer to Be Santa’s Helper

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You know Santa needs your help, right? This is soooo easy, you gotta do it!

Go to your local Post Office and pick one of the letters to Santa that they get every year.

Buy and send the gift before Christmas to the child who asked for it. This simple act can spark kindness within your community.

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Saved by Love

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Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;
therefore, we must be saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous
from the standpoint of our friend or foe
as it is from our own standpoint;
therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love,
which is forgiveness.

—Reinhold Niebuhr, 1952

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Teach Your Children Well

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O God! Educate these children.
These children are the plants of Thine orchard,
the flowers of Thy meadow, the roses of Thy garden.
Let Thy rain fall upon them; let the Sun of Reality shine upon them with Thy love.
Let Thy breeze refresh them in order that they may be trained, grow, and develop,
and appear in the utmost beauty.
Thou art the Giver.
Thou art the Compassionate.

—`Abdu’l-bahá

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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Give Good

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What if all your holidays gifts gave back and helped feed hungry people? My favorite kinds of gifts are the ones who keep on giving. The FEED project has many cool options that are made in America and crafted with love and pride.  By giving a beautifully crafted bracelet for your best friend’s birthday from www.FeedProjects.com, that gift will help feed the hungry. I love their FEEDbags, which are a handy way to ditch the plastic and the paper, too.

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Rise to the Level of Love

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Another way that you love your enemy is this:
When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy,
that is the time which you must not do it.
There will come a time, in many instances,
when the person who hates you most,
the person who has misused you most,
the person who has gossiped about you most,
the person who has spread false rumors about you most,
there will come a time when
you will have an opportunity to defeat that person.
It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job;
it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life.

That’s the time you must do it.
That is the meaning of love.

In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about.
It’s not merely an emotional something.
Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men.
It is the refusal to defeat any individual.
When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power,
you seek only to defeat evil systems.
Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love,
but you seek to defeat the system.

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

 

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Happy December 6th!

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Today is Saint Nicholas Day, or the feast day of Saint Santa if you prefer. The original St. Nick was a Greek bishop in the fourth century with a reputation for generosity and anonymous gift-giving.

While normally this day comes and goes in the flurry of the Christmas season, I have a friend who makes this day special by giving pre-Christmas gifts like festive socks, candy, or holiday CDs (old-fashioned, I know) to friends, family, and coworkers. Take this Saint Nicholas Day to enjoy the holiday season. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line, or stop at the grocery story on your way home to pick up some flowers for a loved one. While December 6th may not mean much to most, you can spread joy and cheer by honoring Saint Nicholas today.

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A Box of Love

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Pack a shoebox with new toys, school supplies, socks, and whatever else you think a young child might need. Just go to www.samaritanspurse.org for more information on how to pack a box. It will be donated to a child in need (you can decide the gender and age group), and you can even track the box to see where it ends up! Check out this website for some packing ideas.

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Rejoice and Do Righteousness

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For since the beginning of the world
Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear,
Nor has the eye seen any God besides You,
Who acts for the one who waits for Him.

You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
Who remembers You in Your ways.
You are indeed angry, for we have sinned
In these ways we continue; and we need to be saved.

But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have consumed us because of our iniquities.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.

Do not be furious, O Lord,
Nor remember iniquity forever;
Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!

Isaiah 64:4-9, KJV

 

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

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The Imagination of the Heart

 

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My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and hath exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath holden his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
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Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.
Quia respexit humilitatem ancillæ suæ:
ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.
Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, et sanctum nomen eius.
Et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum.
Fecit potentiam in bracchio suo, dispersit superbos mente cordi sui
Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.
Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes,
Suscepit Israel puerum suum recordatus misericordiæ suæ,
Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in sæcula.

—Song of Mary, Gospel of Luke 1:46-55, KJV

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.