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God is blessing us with autumn in the brilliant contrast of blue and white sky and the deliciously pleasant cool weather.
This year the fall colors promise to be more spectacular than we have seen in a few years.
The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins tells it like it is: “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil … Nature is never spent; there lives the dearest freshest deep down things.”
God graces us with another change of season. We smile back in gratitude by basking in the beauty around us — sometimes with poetry, sometimes in speechless adoration.
A huge number of people across this country are paying their gratitude forward to God and their neighbor through the national “Make a Difference Day” on the fourth Saturday in October.
We in Carroll County will be making a difference as well. Since the fall of 2006, people of our community have participated in Project Comfort Blitz Day.
On Oct. 27, volunteers from all over this county will spend the morning winterizing homes and doing minor repairs for senior home owners.
Talented construction workers will form teams with the rest of us to create more livable homes for the senior citizens among us.
It is one wholesome way to give back for our bountiful blessings.
What has Project Comfort done in the past? We put plastic on windows, changed batteries in smoke alarms, created safe entrance ramps and steps to basements, installed insulation, repaired leaky water fixtures and faulty electric switches, cleaned out cupboards and stoves, washed down walls and raked leaves. No matter whether you know construction, there will be jobs you can handle. Come and see.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, get out of bed in time for coffee, juice and donuts at 8 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. We invite youth as well.
You will join a team led by an experienced construction worker and be assigned to a senior’s home. Spend the morning making the home more livable for a grateful senior.
Finish off with lunch at the Carrollton Christian Church. Return home with a happy heart, knowing you did pay it forward with your gift of time and energy on Blitz Day 2012.
Sister Paula Gohs, C.D.P., is a pastoral associate at St. John’s The Evangelist Catholic Church in Carrollton.