Hand Me Down Heaven
St. Basil said: “The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.” Each new year brings about the need for my family to organize and to let go of the toys we no longer play with and the clothes we can no longer wear. As we put our new clothes from Christmas into our closets, we try to give away something that we haven't worn in a year. As we put the new toys away in the playroom, we try to pull toys that we haven't played with in a while. But, this quote from St. Basil today makes me realize that there is so much more to do in this household than just substitute the new for the unused. We have so much more than we could ever need and there are so many more out there who can use it. If I could just get this house down to the bare essentials, it could stay organized and maybe someone out there could benefit from all our excess. We are grateful and we are thankful but we have way more than we could ever use in a year. Lord, help us to let go of the pantry, the closets and our hearts so that others may simply live.