#Repost @candace_asbury ・・・
some days, cynicism keeps my dreams and my hopes for redemption in this city in check, reigned in... and some days, God in his mercy, moves me to ditch my cynicism and pride and trade them for trust and hope. on one of those days this year, I emailed @ashley_christensen 's inquiry account with a dream for an event, a Thanksgiving dinner of dignity for the women of Raleigh Rescue Mission and @carrollsraleigh . I wanted to ask for the use of the Bridge Club, a beautiful downtown venue, for free. That was my request. I didn't think I'd hear anything back. Not too long after, I'm on vacation and listening to voicemails from Ashley's team, that not only could we use the space for free, but Ashley loved the idea so much, she wanted to staff the event fully at no cost, provide the food, and prepare the meal for these women. And on that day, my cynicism died. These women and many more, are our neighbors and sisters. I am thankful for people like Ashley and her amazing team, who joined us in giving these women a seat at the table. I'm thankful for neighbors who use their connections and resources and influence to love this city. I'm thankful for @vintagechurchnc as it's a place of work and family that always leads me to love harder and bigger than the day before. I'm thankful for a boss and leader who challenged us to innovate this year in order to love our city better. I'm thankful this day for the simple gesture of a meal with friends, as these are the moments that impart value and worth and love that lasts much longer than the event itself. I love Raleigh and I love my neighbors who make it home. 💛💛💛 So, a small challenge: send emails that seem impossible, love your neighbors, and choose kindness. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
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