Let me share a few of the wonderful acts that I have seen and heard about:
* A single mother, her 2 daughters and her 9-year-old foster daughter were driving along and came across a car accident. One of the drivers had only a sweater and flip flops on in the very cold winter air. The family stopped and gave them a coat they had in the car. Then they went home and got some socks that they had bought for their son for Christmas and took those back as well for the driver's cold feet. They left with their own hearts warmed as well as the driver's.
*A young stay-at-home mom with two tiny children wondered what she could do to serve during this holiday season. Then she realized the many things she does in her own home every day and started paying attention to the service and love she was bringing to her own little corner of the world, and the positive difference she was making in the lives of her own children and husband.
*A busy mom found she had a flat tire. A neighbor offered to fix it for her while his wife took her to pick up her daughter and take them to their appointment at the doctor's office so she wouldn't miss it. Another woman brought back the purse that she accidentally had left at the doctor's office during that stressful time.
*One morning someone scraped off the windows of a truck that did not belong to him. When the woman went out to leave for the day she was so grateful because she could not reach to scrape off the middle of the windows herself.
* One woman paid attention to who was feeling down, or overwhelmed, or just needed a smile. She baked them something special and took it to them so they would know they were loved. It made her feel wonderful to know that they felt cared about.
*Another woman had the privilege of honoring her mother by lovingly dressing her body for burial on the day that "Jesus honored his mother and so can you" was the "Light the World" invitation. She said it was a sacred experience.
* Some children took the time to write handwritten notes to their parents telling them why they were lucky to have grown up in their home.
*A man walked up to a woman about to get gas, swiped his credit card to pay for it, and said, "Light the world!" and walked away. What he didn't know was that she was using the last of her money to get gas that day.
This is just a smattering of many thousands of acts of kindness that have been done this month to help light the world. It has been a magical and heartwarming experience to be part of. May this kind of love, awareness of others and good-heartedness continue throughout the new year. What a positive difference it would it would make to "light the world" the whole year long!