Together for Lincoln all over Lincoln
By Mike Fak
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[October 01, 2008]
On an uncomfortably warm fall day, the city was
bustling with activity. There were houses being painted as well as
buildings. Gutters were being cleaned out. Projects were being built
throughout the town in an effort to have them completed before
winter's harsh reality. Landscaping and the pickup of landscape
waste was everywhere, as were families taking walks together through
our parks and down our main thoroughfares.
That all sounds like a normal fall day, doesn't it? However, it was
anything but that.
The difference was that on this Sunday all
these tasks were being performed by almost 1,000 Lincoln
citizens to help someone else. The Lincoln residents gave up the day
with their families to spend time working for that other family as
proud members of "the family of their fellow man."
The houses being painted were not theirs. The projects and work
details were not on their own homes. And the families walking this
city had garbage bags in their hands and were picking up trash and
litter that was not their responsibility, save that they made it so.
In some instances the help being given to others was by friends,
family and neighbors. But in most cases the help, the toil, the
effort was to make someone else's life a little better, a little
easier, and it was performed by perfect strangers.
Of course, in many cases, some volunteers were better suited for
their task than others. Some were more experienced or knowledgeable.
But all carried one undeniable talent to their task that day. They
all cared. Something such as caring has to be within an individual's
heart, and it is most certainly a talent.
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The Together for Lincoln volunteers, perhaps
that day, were all purposeful in doing something special for the
glory of their faith. But it became more than that as they rekindled
in many, rebirthed in others, the realization that there is
something special about us when we put our heart and our faith and
our efforts into helping our fellow man.
This past Sunday a great multitude of us decided to prove that we
are not all lost, nor uncaring, and to make it seen that in these
often dark times there is something special in us that deserves to
be praised and reveled in.
To be sure, not a soul who gave their efforts that day did it to
receive thanks or praise. But we (LDN) humbly beg to do so
regardless. You need our thanks for an effort well-done. You deserve
our accolades for an idea well-conceived and well-directed.
The blessings you deserve will be left for someone with more
authority to bestow upon all of you.
Well done, Together for Lincoln.
[By MIKE FAK]
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