“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, English Standard Version).
For over a month now, students from Christ Lutheran School (CLS) have been collecting non-perishable food items to give to those in need in Berrien County through the “Stuff a Truck” program coordinated by the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA). The SMCAA provides food for needy families year-round, and the “Stuff-A-Truck” project helps to boost their stores and provide food during the especially needy time of the holiday season. Students from CLS collected enough food to feed over 70 families this Thanksgiving season.
CLS’s mission reflects the congregation’s mission of “Christ’s People Proclaiming Christ’s Love”. One way we as a school proclaim Christ’s Love is through our chapel missions that go to help people in our community and in the world. The command of “love God and love neighbor” pervades what we teach at CLS. This makes our school different from our public counterparts.
During this season of Thanksgiving, may we be reminded that we do these things not out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but as a reflection of the God that loved us in the midst of our sinful nature. May these actions be a reminder to us of our heavenly father who gave a far greater gift than we could ever repay. And yet, may these gifts given by children in our school have an impact of proclaiming Christ’s love to the community and world.