Ragtag: made up of different people or things and not organized or put together well.
These gatherings will be for the misfits and the wanderers, for those who don’t have a family to visit, for the lonely, for the sad and hungry; but it’s also for the people who are overwhelmed by simple beauties and gifts in their life, who are brimming with joy, the artists and the accountants and the gas station attendants and the Stay-at-home Mommas and Daddies, the believers and the skeptics, and anyone looking for a place to celebrate and give thanks.
It’s for the bedraggled, beat-up, and burnt-out.
It’s for the sorely burdened who are still shifting the heavy suitcase from one hand to the other.
It’s for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know they don’t have it all together and are too proud to accept the handout of amazing grace.
It’s for the inconsistent, unsteady disciples whose cheese is falling off their cracker.
It’s for the poor, weak, sinful men and women with hereditary faults and limited talents.
It’s for earthen vessels who shuffle along on feet of clay.
It’s for the bent & the bruised who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God.
It’s for the smart people who know they are stupid and honest disciples who admit they are scalawags.”
I will never forget talking to an elderly gentleman from High Ridge after Christmas last year. I asked him if he had had a nice Christmas, and he said, “Ah, for me Christmas is just another day.” He told me he hadn’t done anything special, and he hadn’t had the opportunity to gather with any family. He was not complaining, but there was a deep sadness in his voice. We want to offer some holiday gatherings that will provide an opportunity for all of those people who might not, for whatever reason, have a gathering to attend. We won’t be throwing any fancy parties, and there will be a certain level of chaos and disorganization. But…when people leave, they will know they are loved.
On November 27, we will be meeting at Twin Lakes Park for a traditional Thanksgiving Meal and a Candy Cane Hunt at 4 pm. We learned from our Pumpkin Party that simple is better, and so our agenda will be simple. We will eat, and we will hang out and offer a candy cane hunt for the kiddos. Mission will provide the Turkey, and we will ask people to bring the sides to go with it.
Then on Christmas Day we will be hosting another meal (Time and Place TBA). Our plan will be for Mission to provide the meat and for people to bring sides. We are hoping we will be able to provide a small gift for each child and a stocking for each family (filled with a mixture of fun and practical things). We will share more information about this event soon.
We have had a couple of people ask us if we were planning holiday events. We know that this is a time of year when families are looking for a place for their families to serve. We have learned from our neighborhood and Twin Lake gatherings that the best way for us to serve our friends is to simply be with them and enjoy their company. That sounds too simple, doesn’t it? We invite you to try it with us and see for yourself. Go to our Facebook Event and say you plan to attend. As always, invite some friends!
If you are interested in helping with gifts or stockings for families, you can make a donation to Mission of the Dirt Road. Go to our Give page for directions.