And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Word of Hope
NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY
February 8th annually recognizes National Boys Scouts Day. Since 1910, boys across America have been doing good deeds, learning survival skills and developing moral foundations through the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America has roots in the British Boy Scouts organization which was created in 1908 after the success of the book, Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell. On a foggy day in London an American newspaperman, William Dickson Boyce, became lost when a Boy Scout came to his assistance. With the boy’s guidance, Boyce arrived at his destination. When Boyce offered payment for the assistance, the Boy Scout refused explaining it was a good deed.
Boyce was inspired to organize similar youth groups into one organization. On February 8, 1910, Boyce filed papers of incorporation, and the Boy Scouts of America was born. Boy Scouts have had a profound impact on the United States. Many presidents and other dignitaries have been Boy Scouts. A total of 181 Astronauts have also been a part of the Boy Scout program.” The idea of good deeds isn’t limited to the Boy Scouts. But remembering to do good deeds is helped by the image they created. As Christians we should remember to be always kind to our fellow humans. However, we need reminders when we get too busy and too caught up in our own troubles of life. Our pastors and staff model for us the ways of Christ. How to do unto others. They guide us to reach out to the lonely with calls and cards during this isolated time as well as physical things to help. During Covid at CoH we have first learned how to provide church at home for our church family and children. Then they led us to collect Thank You bags for the essential workers at Parkland Hospital Covid care unit. They even sent cards to church members assuring us of their continuing prayers for us. We continued our efforts to feed the hungry through our Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope (BACH) and iCare and Meals of Hope.
What can you do to honor the best in all of us in this worst of times? In honor of Boy Scouts’ good deeds and following the way of Christ, find someone you can help by phone calls or by donating to the food pantry. You can do that on the last Sunday of each month when we drive through Cathedral of Hope and drop off items needed to hand out on Mondays. The Thursday CoH newsletter has the list of needed items. Whatever you do, figure out something you can do for others. It will make their day better and in turn make yours better as well. In February I always encourage everyone to pick up a few extra valentines and send them to people who need to be reminded that God loves them and so do you. This year that may be more important than ever before!
God of all good deeds. Teach us to remember those in need of our care and concern in these lonely times. Help us remember to help those in need of food, other things or personal contact. Thank you for all your many gifts to us each day.