On this Easter weekend we are reminded of the great love, life, sacrifice, and victory that Jesus brought to the world. We celebrate it at Christmas, His birth, as well. Oh how do we need Him, and now. All year long. We are to be His hands and feet, to lift up others, to serve, to give, to love. At Light of the World Brigade we try. We know that scientifically Christmas brings joy. Several scientific studies show that decorations induce Dopamine, a feel good hormone. Chromotherapy, or color therapy, which is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness, might be at play. Or maybe it’s just the ambiance in general — who can resist smiling at the sight of a Christmas tree being lit for the first time? There’s even a new scientific field, devoted to understanding how our designed environments affect behavior, called neuro-architecture. And we don't need a study to tell us about the magic of Christmas, whether it be from your childhood, the joy you've seen in a child's eyes on Christmas morning, or warmth of sitting with your loved one looking at a well lit tree. Yet many don't get to experience this. It is beat down by despair, perhaps living conditions, health, or other factors. That is why we are the Brigade we are. To make sure as many people as possible, especially the downtrodden, feel the magic, love, peace, and hope that the Light of the World brought to us. John 3:16. And with your help, just a simple thought and a a simple action, we can do this!. We can make a difference to people. We can live out the Jesus within us, and there is no greater happiness and no greater purpose than that. To all of the donors thus far, bless you. You are a light. To all that are listening, bless you, and help us get the word out. Let's take the many unused decorations sitting in the attic, a garage, or a closet out of the darkness, and use it as a beacon of light to lift souls and honor our Lord.
The power of social media! Recognizing that decorations are down and in a closet, garage, or attic and donations were dropping, we have tried a new technique and it is working. I have joined some 20+ Facebook pages that post garage sales, buy/barter exchanges, and moving sales. The sites have a region running from Wellington to Stuart. After a couple of weeks or expanding and posting, the engine is starting to run. I am getting a regular flow of donations each weekend from kind people in this community. God provides, always. If you know of a site I should join, let me know. Or better yet, you join, post for me, and be a light on our team!
My parents always lit up our home at Christmas. The warmth, glow, happiness, and hope it gave me still lives in me. My hope for the LW Brigade is that we can do the same for others.