First, before you decide to discard them (see what I did there…dis-card?), let’s make them into a New Year prayer list. Perhaps you could set aside a time to go through each card and pray for the sender and family. There are many great prayers in the Bible that you could pray for them or just pray your own blessing upon them. How cool! Someone praying for them possible separated by time and distance but not separated by love and care. So, your Christmas cards can become a prayer list.
Second, let’s make a mission project out of them. Mark Livengood takes Christmas cards with him on his trips to Ukraine. He uses them as a witnessing tool and the kids love them. What a great way to tell the Christmas story…in the middle of the year. So, just put them in a grocery bag and bring them with you to worship this Sunday. You can drop them in the box outside the office door or just find Mark. Talk about the ultimate recycling! I hope you will consider making this a final wrap up of Christmas.
By the way, another thanks to Susan and her team for organizing the Christmas gifts. Kind of/sort of the final numbers are:
- Florence Crittenton Home - 84 pop up hampers
- Lowcountry Orphan Relief - 170 pairs of pajamas and 10 slippers
- Lowcountry Pregnancy Center - 3,661 diapers and 134 packages of wipes
- James Island Outreach - 230 jars of jelly