Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Post Holiday Blues are Coming

So in the midst of the Christmas, Hannukah, Kawanza season, there is, as you all know, an upswing in giving, charity, outreach, and love. This is a good thing.
But I'm thinking ahead. And yes, I sound like a wet blanket (where did that term come from anyway?).

Right around the corner is 2007. We'll party it up, or stay home and watch Dick Clark (who's a bit like Bilbo Baggins; ageless, but is being spread thin like butter on too much toast) and then go back to living our lives for another 10 or 11 months and do it again. The poor, the homeless, the children without Fathers, etc, are forgotten till November.

So what if we did this? Keep the Holiday charity cheer and good fuzzy feelings of giving, but in Jan and Feb, make a intentional effort to contact organizations that still need our help, but are probably forgotten. Homeless shelters, homes for abused women, rehab centers, street kids, the hungry, homeless, and destitute.

From what I understand, they get overwhelmed with help during the holidays (a good thing!) but then are left out in the cold when it's all over and we sleep off our turkey, candy, fudge, and play with our new toys or wear our new clothes.

At Revolution we're going to do something with this - I'm just not sure what yet.
But like the T-shirt I'm wearing today says (courtesy of the One project) "You have one life. Do something."


Makeesha said...

well said. Good challenge!

John Lynch said...

I dig it, David.

The church I lead now supports a local poverty ministry year round with food, clothing, etc.; but I'd like to see more. In fact, I'd like to see Holiday justice efforts become the accessory to general-year-round justice efforts vs. the other way around. I love the notion of partnering with organizations who are already aiming at those causes; but I'm even thinking of something beyond...

A few of us have been talking about the idea of bringing justice causes to the center of attention (what I believe is one of the greatest accomplishments of Bono in the ONE movement) through media. After watching "Invisible Children" - a rookie documentary on one aspect of the Darfur crisis - I began thinking, "Hey! We could do that, right?"

The thought is that beyond simply donating time or money directly to those in need, we could also head out into communities to research justice needs, get personal stories of those in crisis, video-document it all, edit it, include practical next steps, & circulate it (churches, communities, hosting-homes, etc.).

Maybe that's one more little twig in the house of justice our Redemptive call compels us to build in the leading & power of God's Spirit.

Thanks for your challenge, brother. Good word.