Chaplains Corner 25DEC17

Wow, Christmas is now behind us. It never ceases to amaze me how long we get ready for it, and how fast it's over. I know we had thanked all of those who helped on our 31st Annual "Santa Toy Run" but I wanted to give a personal thank you from me. You know I saw the vision of what it could be years ago before I took it over. As I stood on the sleigh this year and looked out at all the people who showed up, I said to myself, now this is what I was talking about. There were adults, kids, families and officers who came out on their personal time to help families in need this Christmas. I couldn't have been prouder of what the program has become and where it's headed in the future. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. 
I'm reminded of a couple of scriptures. 
Luke 3:11 And he would answer them, "The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise."
Acts 20:35 In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, "It is more blessed to give then to receive."
I think it was Paul that said, "Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
I was so proud of my girls. My daughter and her mother went downtown on Christmas Day to pass out blankets to the homeless. They didn't have to, and it was brutally cold but did it with a purpose in their hearts. 
I challenge all of us to see if we can take that extra step to help someone this up coming year. Something big or something small, whatever God lays on your heart. Do it because you feel it because the attitude behind it really matters. I pray that if you make that step, that God blesses you and your families seven fold. I pray for all of you. That no matter how good or bad 2017 was that God gives you and your family a fantastic 2018. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

God Bless You All.         

F.O.P. Lodge 1 Chaplain Ofc. Jeff Newberg #163