//The kitchen was bustling with the sounds of talking, laughter, and fellowship. The meal had been prepared and people were lining up to fill their plates. My husband and I volunteer for Ragan’s Hope and once a quarter we supply dinner at the Ronald McDonald House for the families. The house is a place for families, who live out of the New Orleans area, to stay while their children receive critical medical care from the hospitals in the area. It is an affordable, clean, and safe place for them to rest as long as their child is receiving medical services in the city. Most of the times we have served, it has been quiet, sad, and not much interaction between families. This time was different and it was contagious. Because of the actions of one of the grandmother’s staying there, this place was upbeat and had a true home environment, humming with love. She made a point of welcoming new families in, asking about their situation, and introducing them to the other families. She gave hugs to everyone and shared positive and uplifting words. Randy and I left after dinner and were in awe of what we had witnessed. All I could say is , thank you, Lord, for such a humbling experience. Our mission was to go and serve people who are handling a stressful medical crisis for their child and yet we were the ones who were served with love, compassion, and gratitude. Thanks be to God for showing me the true spirit of serving and being blessed by the strength and courage of others during their time of need.//
To find out more about Ragan’s Hope, please visit the website https://raganshope.org/. Thanks & Blessings!
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13