December is a month of busyness – however one observes tradition during this month. There is much getting ready and some waiting and time — does —- pass —- and quickly. The constancy of our activity is like our recent rainfall that left us with more than we could process.
This month is also an opportunity to turn our gaze towards our neighbor who lives without the basics of life, basics which were always meant as a fundamental right yet inequitably distributed throughout our world.
What can you give this year, what can you commit to the following year? Marylhurst provides us with so many opportunities to give of ourselves in our community and the communities around us. Our campus community supports a student food pantry.
Local grocery stores provide opportunities to round up your purchase and give your change, however small, towards the purchase of food (one of my favorites provided by Safeway)
Lake Oswego’s Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, has a number of Giving Trees set up. They are collecting on behalf of St. Andre Bessette Roman Catholic Parish in the heart of Old Town Portland http://saintandrechurch.org/programs-volunteering/; The Father’s Heart Street Ministry serving the homeless in Oregon City; http://www.tfhstreetministry.com/volunteer.html and The Letty Owings Center which provides comprehensive residential treatment and continue care for poverty-level, chemically dependent women http://www.centralcityconcern.org/services/health-recovery/letty-owings-center/
How is your community inviting members to serve this month?