Today is the big day, #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving at the start of the annual Christmas season. We recognized Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, with #GivingTuesday, we have a dedicated day of giving!
Today, individuals, families, businesses & churches are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
I hope that you will consider making a donation to Tupelo Children’s Mansion, one of the oldest and most beloved children’s homes in North America. Your support will help us continue to care for children who are abused, neglected, abandoned, homeless or orphaned. Our hope is that every child will have the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving and stable family.
Give to TCM with confidence. Our 61-year-old charitable organization is a member of the Coalition of Residential Education (CORE), the Alliance for Children and Families, and is endorsed by numerous church organizations, governmental officials and business leaders.
There are three ways to give:
1. Give on-line at http://mansionkids.org/
2. Text to Give – Text “Mansion” to 56512 and follow the link to give any amount right from your phone!
3. Mail your donation to: TCM #GivingTuesday, PO Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802
Thanks for helping us help the children!
This morning’s message was partly inspired by Jake, our 6-year-old grandson. The title: “Because…That’s why!” This used to be his frequent response when asked, “Why?” The way he said it was funny then, and still is. Erma and I still respond frequently to each other with those words, in jest, of course.
In the Old Testament, Moses told the people that the Lord didn’t set His love upon them, nor choose them, because they were so great, or so special… “But because the LORD loved you…” (Deut. 7:8).
I introduced the old Andre Crouch song to the younger folks: “I Don’t Know Why Jesus Loved Me!” Then I taught them another old hymn: “Why Should He Love Me So?” (They’d never heard either one!) The answer to both songs is strangely and profoundly this: “BECAUSE…THAT’S WHY!”
“The heart has it’s reasons, which reason does not know.” – Pascal
Aren’t you glad that God loves you today?
– Stephen Judd
BY STEPHEN JUDD
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. It’s a time of transformation.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word transform means, “to change (something) completely and usually in a good way.”
Here in Tupelo, the leaves have been transformed from a lively, fresh green to a bright sunny orange and a blazing, fiery red. The trees are absolutely beautiful.
Just as we watch the changes that transpire with each season, we at the Tupelo Children’s Mansion see beautiful and colorful changes transpire in the broken lives of our TCM children.
Some transformations are more difficult than others because some children had had to endure more trauma in their lives.
We have learned that there is no substitution for tender love and nurture. It is also through constant care and protection that these children all find a hope that they thought was lost and that makes all of the work worth the effort.
Your support of the Mansion is appreciated. Thanksgiving will soon be here, but we are thankful for you not only this month, but all year round. Your giving helps us continue to see beautiful changes in each child’s life.
BY STEPHEN JUDD
“She’s tormented in the night. I keep a baby monitor on at all times in our apartment. She awakes in terror numerous times and shutters in fear that the man will come and hurt her again.”
– Housemother at TCM