We finally took the plunge and bought a foam mattress. After letting the kids camp out on the old mattress for a night, we asked our church to see if there were any families in need. Less than three minutes later, yes, three, we had an opportunity to be community to a couple who had nothing. Actually, when we dropped off the mattress, they had a flat air mattress and a single, white plate. So almost nothing.
We returned home and within a week visited again bringing more community. Decades of family meals and holidays were moved in with a kitchen table and chairs. Story times and game nights with friends came with the lamps. Comfort and warmth and dignity followed with new sheets and family quilts. Finally, the deepest expression of unity was in exceeding expectations and necessity: Christmas decorations from one home to another.
Now, there is no “them” and “us.” Our kids grow up alongside one another. Our families break bread together. We continue to welcome more families. How blessed we are to be part of a community that knows that charity is not just meeting basic needs, but banding together to make living life in abundance a reality.