One summer morning thirty years ago I crossed paths with a homeless fellow by the name of Mike Saavedra. What I didn’t realize at the time was this chance encounter was truly a godsend. It is one that has lead me on a journey to encourage not only the needy and homeless but to inspire others to “Rise Up” and help those who have stumbled along life’s path. Through my friendship with Mike, God pricked my heart and stirred my soul as he laid upon me the desire to help those less fortunate. Each year, I create a new painting for the Honor Card program. Now in its 31st year, I am always humbled by the impact of God’s hand on this program and faithfully providing the inspiration for each new painting.
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust'" Psalm 91:1-2NIV
In reflecting on this year’s Honor Card, “Almost Home,” it is one filled with the serenity and peacefulness we find in a snow-laden landscape. It also reminds us that we are merely on a journey. Truth be known, we are never really at home here on earth. We are simply passing through. If we come to that understanding, I believe that it helps us cope with many of the hardships and challenges we face along life’s path. I take heart knowing that if we trust in the Lord, he will provide for his people on a physical and emotional basis during a time of hardship.
I love to go down to Greensboro Urban Ministry and serve breakfast to the needy and homeless on Wednesday mornings. It has blessed me beyond measure. Not only with genuine friendships but the perspective that it gives me on life. Over the 30 years that I’ve volunteered, I’ve seen hundreds if not thousands of folks come through. Each person has a unique circumstance during their crisis but all are seeking the same resolve, peace.
The agencies that participate in the Honor Card program are faith-based and share the love of the Lord with those that are struggling with life. Hundreds of volunteers come hand in hand to encourage and provide the resources and become a beacon for those that are lost and confused.
Your contribution of purchasing an Honor Card is one small step in providing a nutritious meal, providing emergency assistance or shelter during a time of crisis for someone that has nowhere else to turn. One hundred percent of Honor Card funds go directly to support local social workers, chaplains, and staff, to help find paths for economic stability, personal fulfillment and spiritual well-being for our needy friends.
I’m grateful to everyone who purchases an Honor Card and shines a light on the need to support our needy and homeless friends. God bless you this Holiday Season.