It has finally started getting cool in Winston Salem NC. Normally we would be having cooler nights and mornings, but this year it has stayed warm a little longer. My wife Kristy would love for it to stay summer all year long but I’m always ready for a break. I have several jackets and sweaters that hang in my closet just waiting for their opportunity to make a yearly fall debut.
Last weekend we headed to Boone for a wedding I was officiating. When we left on that beautiful sunny Saturday it was 74 degrees. The sun was shining, and it felt great. Driving up 421 North, Kristy checked the weather in the little town outside Boone where the wedding was taking place. We were both shocked to find out that the temperature would be 54 degrees at the time of the ceremony. Did I mention this was outside! We were not prepared for the 20 degree drop. In case you haven’t been to the mountains in a while, the wind blows a lot. It was an absolutely beautiful wedding and everything went perfect. However, dinner was served outside. We made it through dinner without shivering too much and had a great night. Even though Kristy and I weren’t prepared that night, we have everything we need to stay warm.
There are so many people in our community that don’t have everything they need. The Redress program which is part of the Dream Center of Forsyth County is here to help. We are distributing hundreds of pieces of clothing to our neighbors who need a little extra help.
In Matthew 25:36-40 Jesus said: “When I was poorly clothed, you covered me. When I was sick, you tenderly cared for me, and when I was in prison you visited me. Then the godly will answer him ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and give you food and something to drink? When did we see you with no place to stay and invite you in? When did we see you sick and tenderly care for you, or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least of these, my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me.”
What an honor it is for us to distribute food and clothing from the Dream Center. We know that when we do this, we are doing this in the name of the Lord.
It’s a great time of year to clean out our closets. If you have clean, gently used clothes, jewelry, or other accessories that you would like to donate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a tour of the Dream Center with Pastor Chris Leab, email him at email@example.com. Thank you for helping us serve our community.