22 November 2011


That number up there is how many additional meals the Union Gospel Mission in my city prepared last year. Additional meals. The numbers are growing all the time and it breaks my heart. There are 8,900 homeless people here. That is mind blowing to me. 

That was the gospel reading at church this week. The week of Thanksgiving. The week that I have been bemoaning my station as wife and mother and purveyor of all things laundry. 
It's cold outside, it's been raining around the clock, and there are over 8,900 people in my city that are without shelter, food, love.

That is daunting. What can I do? One mom with three little boys in tow?
Not much. But we aren't called to do much, we're just called to do something.
So that's what I have to do.
I bought handwarmers this week. They are only a dollar a piece at Target right now, so I could manage. I am also going to make some egg muffins (thanks again, pinterest!) and deliver them this week with my family, along with a note of love and a prayer.
It doesn't seem like much, but...

I watched this short video today. It touched me, hurt my heart, and gave me hope. 

One Meal / One Hope 2011 from Seattle's Union Gospel Mission on Vimeo.

I feel a nudge of hope every time I hear a story of people giving what they can.
Like our cousin, who took his students out on the streets of DC last week to share meals with the homeless, a friend who gave her comforter to a man she passes every day on the street, another friend who organizes collecting Christmas gifts for families in her town.

There is so much need, but I am absolutely sure that there is more love.
We just have to figure out how to share it.

Do you have a story to share?
(if you want to give to the Union Gospel Mission, here's the link.)


  1. Growing up, my parents always took us to the local Veteran's Hall where they served Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. It was such an awesome way to spend the first part of our own Thanksgiving Day.I'll have to find another one around our area!!


  2. Carina, my heart beats for this same kind of thing. Lately I have found myself longing to give, but so entrenched in the transition we're in that I haven't given much thought as to how we could do that with limited resources this year. Thank you for the reminder that it doesn't take much and we can use very little resources to make a significant impact. The bottom line is showing Jesus's love because well, that's the bottom line. <3

  3. I love this post. Sometimes I think it's pointless to do so little, but what may seem little to me could be huge to someone else. When we lived near downtown Lincoln (NE), when we passed a homeless person, my husband and I would always ask them if they wanted something to eat. If they said yes, we would get something to go from the restaurant and bring it back to them. Once we saw a group of three men sharing food we bought for the one (we didn't realize he wasn't the only person, otherwise we would have gotten more food). It was seriously so heartbreaking to see three grown men so hungry.

  4. Carina, that video is beautiful. I just watched it. That is how I feel, one meal at a time....that can be so life changing. We are called to help those in need. I love that quote from Mother Teresa. I know I can't change the world, but I can spread love and hope at all times. We went downtown last Saturday and fed some homeless people, and a man we call a friend. He is always on the same street, and we take food down to him every time we go down there. He is so sweet and smiles each time. He touches my heart so much. I have been blessed and my life has been changed in so many spiritual ways since we've started feeding the hungry.

    I love your blog because you write from your heart, and you help spread awareness. Sometimes I think it's not even about a meal, it's about God's love.

    Have you read Same Kind Of Different As Me? I also just finished, Under The Overpass. Both life changing books!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Wow, what a wonderful post! I've been fuming over having to work today and travel all week and cook and such.

    Thank you for some perspective.

    I made care packages with my students to pass out to the homeless here and when one student passed her's to a woman on the street corner, the woman starting weeping and said she'd almost given up. Doing something, even if it's small, can give hope!

  6. I just found your blog and love your caring heart! Thank you for reminding me how important it is to give, especially this time of year. It is too easy to get caught up in life and forget about the people less fortunate. It is definitely our duty to give back!
    I'm definitely a new follower and can't wait to read more!