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Urban Mission needs your help

November 25, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

One of my favorite Christmas carols is titled "I Wonder As I Wander." I first heard it several years ago on a local morning radio program. I would call every morning after that to request playing it again. The song opens and closes with "I wonder as I wander out under the sky; How Jesus the savior did come for to die; For poor on'ry people like you and like I; I wonder as I wander out under the sky."

It is the third line of this verse that gets to me: "For poor on'ry people like you and like I." I ask myself, first, what does it mean to be ordinary? As a noun, it means what is commonplace or standard. As an adjective, it means with no special or distinctive features. And then the writer adds poor to the ordinary. And then states that the poor ordinary people are like you and like I. I truly believe this writer is trying to give us a new look at being poor.

The staff of the Urban Mission works with those who are poor on a daily basis. Some are financially poor, some are spiritually poor and some are mentally poor. There are many levels of being poor. And some will not even admit to being poor. They will tell you we are just having some tough times right now.

And it is many of these families we are trying to help with Christmas this year. These families have registered their children in our Christmas Kids Program. We started out with 364 children 12 years of age and younger. We are down to 90 remaining to be adopted and we are asking for your help. The deadline for having everything back to us is Dec. 3 and the very latest is Dec. 5. We now have one week to get this task accomplished.

I have all the information you will need to help with this project. Give me a call at (740) 282-2911 or e-mail me at and I will accommodate you.

When I think back to the Christmas song the message to me is that I am an ordinary person. Am I a poor, ordinary person? Perhaps there are times when I am. And the song reminds us that we all are at some time or another. And as I ask you to help us with gifts for the children, I would like to offer all of you the following gift suggestions from Oren Arnold as you are giving to others: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

Linda L. Smith

Program Director

Urban Mission Ministries

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