We traveled back to New Orleans for Thanksgiving break with a small group of volunteers from our church. Our goal was to complete the drywall in four rooms, hang doors, paint, and set a few kitchen cabinets.
We also planned to have Thanksgiving dinner in the house. We pre-ordered a turkey with dressing, gravy, rolls, and pumpkin pie. I brought green beans and corn. Another lady baked a couple of pies, and another lady brought sweet potatoes. We plugged in our crock pots and we were set.Well not quite....We forgot the carving knife. Luckily Doug had a knife in his truck. It wasn't pretty but it did the job. We set up dinner in the front room.
It was a day filled with sheetrock dust and mud. The day was also filled with lots of laughter.
While there was a great deal of work completed, there was also a fair amount of good-natured teasing and jokes. We were a group of teachers, ministers, moms, students, and a judge working together toward a common goal.
It was a time for each of us to reflect on all the good things that we have been blessed with in the past year.
It was a time for each of us to give back in our own different ways.
It was a time to step out of our comfortable homes and get uncomfortable for the sake of others.
It was a time for some to temporarily leave behind the stress, worry, and grief that has recently flooded their lives.
It was a time to work shoulder-to-shoulder with a brother and sister in Christ.
It was a time to give back.
The best part about the trip is the fact that on Sunday morning a group of believers will gather in the front room of this house for the first time since Katrina to worship together.
It was time.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:9-10