It’s not about charity.

16 Dec

This time a year, Salvation Army in many countries run a busy schedule.

In Visby, where Kalle and I are working, it’s busy too.

We are kettling, that is: collecting money in the streets to people in need. We are also meeting a lot of people with various backgrounds, families and single persons, young and old, who have applied for financial support to cover the needs and necessities for the coming season.

We meet people who may not be that happy about Christmas. We meet people who are stressed, anxious and worried. But we also get a chance of showing these people love and care. We get to see some relief and joy when they understand they will be able to buy some christmasfood this year and also give out a christmaspresent for their children.

For me, it’s one of the most important things we do in the Salvation Army. -These personal meetings with people at Christmas- It’s faith in action. And I feel so blessed and ever so grateful that I get to be a part of this sharing in action.

 

But there is one thing about it that concerns me.

Many people have said to me: “Oh, it must feel so good doing so much good for people. It must be such a meaningful thing to do and it must give you quite a content feeling?!”.

 

Well.

No.

This is not about charity.

God forgive us if it’s ever somewhere about charity.

It’s not about contentment.. It’s not about kindness. It’s not about petting our own shoulder.

 

It’s all about people’s restoration.

It’s about justice.

And it’s about sharing the lives of others, trying to carry burdens of others by standing shoulder to shoulder with each other.

It’s about realizing it could just as well been me, sitting in that other chair, and it might be me some day.

I don’t do this because I am in a better position, wanting to do some charity.

We are not a Charity Army but a Salvation Army. And that’s a vast difference.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I do think it’s wonderful when people walking by the kettle giving of their money to people who need it more. So I don’t look down on that AT all. It’s a good starting-point and it’s necessary for our work.

It’s just that I refuse to only be part of a good-will thinking charity army.

I want more.

So, no.

It doesn’t give me a feeling of contentment to do this.

When it does, I’ll stop doing it.

 

I believe that God’s heart breaks for people feeling the stress about not having enough money to buy food or a Christmas gift for their child. It breaks for the people celebrating Christmas in loneliness and the list goes on and on and on.

So, my prayer is that it will break mine too.

That’s why I do this.

No feeling of contentment at all. Just a broken heart.

But filled with HOPE for the restoration of human kind.

And that’s just the way it’s supposed to be, as I see it.

 

Love/ Fanny

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “It’s not about charity.”

  1. Matt December 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Restoration of humanity… through the cross and resurrection power of Jesus Christ! As the Apostle Paul said, “The love of Christ compels me.”

    Good post, Fanny. I consider it a privilege to have you and Kalle as collegues and fellow-servants of the Lord in this salvation war!

  2. emanuelkarlsten December 16, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Kul att ni är igång!

  3. Emil Samuelsson December 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Truly sister, and well put! I like your blog friends, let’s hope it will bless many and also serve you well as a means of output on your journey towards officership. Bless you guys!
    Love, Henry (aka Emil)

  4. Emma December 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Fanny!
    Du är så klok! Så härligt och peppande att läsa er blogg. Vi tror på en god Gud!

  5. Lelle December 18, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    AMEN!

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