As you can imagine, my kids were a little grumpy when I told them we were vounteering in Winter Sanctuary on Thanksgiving. My daughter rolled her eyes and my son protested by reminding me this was to be his last Thanksgiving before going away to college. In spite of their attempts to change my mind, we served the homeless on Thanksgiving.
It was a pleasant surprise when I saw both my kids take charge of the tasks they were given. My daughter prepared breakfast bags for the next morning, and my son set up tables and chairs in the cafeteria. I was glad to see their attitudes quickly change. But the most transformative part of the night was after our guests for Winter Sanctuary arrived. I saw my son and daughter holding conversations with the men and women in the program, laughing and joking with them as if they were friends. I saw them both bend over backwards to meet the needs of our homeless guests. I even saw my daughter sneak an extra cookie for one of the ladies.
As it was time to leave Winter Sanctuary I heard my son say he wished we could stay longer. That was such a big turnaround in his attitude since he didn’t want to go in the first place. What could have caused him to change in such a short amount of time? I’ve come to realize that when we take our eyes off ourselves, we find that sweet spot of living out faith where heaven meets earth…and that can be addicting.
– Nicolette Romig; Winter Sanctuary Church Coordinator