I have learned over the years that most of us are neither sage nor scientist; but at the age of 80, I believe I am wise enough to know that life does not proceed by leaps and bounds. It simply unfolds. While our experiences accumulate, and our opinions evolve – if not glacially, then at least gradually anew.

For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause, what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty                                                                                                              

After all, authenticity of thyself matters.

Sadly this idea will not be ours…and frankly, should lead to a little unfamiliar humility on our part.

Whether it could be an Episcopal Diocese of Virginia project, or a St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church project….or the work of those we do not know, it really is spot on….in helping those REALLY in need.

A church in Texas raised money for a Debt Forgiveness Charity, ultimately eliminating over $10 million in medical debt for over 4,000 veterans and families. Covenant Church, under the leadership of Pastor Stephen Hayes, donated $100,000 to RIP MEDICAL DEBT.

The nonprofit is a former debt collection agency that is now a debt forgiveness charity.

Every dollar donated to the organization translates to $100 of debt they are able to cancel on someone else’s behalf. That church’s donation enabled RIP Medical Debt to payoff $10,551,618 in medical debt for 4,229 Dallas families.

Not only is the debt itself gone…and paid…. but also, any negative impact that debt has had on their credit history is wiped clean. It’s the easiest decision we’ve ever made,” Pastor Hayes said.

Hayes added that his family’s personal experience with medical debt inspired him to lead his church and their community in this way. “My family has known the crushing weight that can come with medical debt.”

Hayes further said that he wanted the community to know we care….if we show them what it means to be a Christian before they ever step foot in one of our churches, we believe that will have even a greater impact.

The church worked together with RIP Medical debt to locate every veteran saddled with medical debt in a 20 mile radius of the church’s four locations.

“Our prayer to God in the past has been ‘Give us our city.’ We recently have changed that prayer to ‘God, give us to our city,’” Hayes concluded.

I think the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, or St. Stephen’s Episcopal parish really needs to take a look at what we can do LOCALLY. Something serious to ponder, yes?