A Special Gift

Most people associate Christmas with happy memories, good cheer, joy, love, peace and warmth.  Yet for many, the season can be very difficult.  Many who are experiencing financial hardship find that the celebration is more than they can handle; their children don’t get gifts and a sense of dread pervades the season.  Others may find themselves far1225 020 from home and loved ones, while others may be grief-stricken because of the loss of a loved one during the past year; there are many scenarios for this kind of sadness and grief during the holidays as we all know.

I wish I could just post a link to an “easy button” to solve these kinds of issues, but there isn’t one that I know of.

I wonder if there is something that we, as Christians can do to ease the suffering or loneliness of those around us…

Can’t we just reach out to people in this kind of situation and invite them into our homes, or to take them a bundle of Christmas cheer in some form or fashion?  Yes, I think we could…  What better time to show the love of the Christ-child in action than at this time of year?  When you really think about it, the Christmas season is a fantastic season to demonstrate Christ’s love by putting others ahead of ourselves.

I can’t really prove it, but I believe that Jesus would approve of this!

Let’s all go out and look for situations to share His love this Christmas.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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2 Responses to A Special Gift

  1. chaplynne says:

    My husband and I were discussing this very thing today. I love the seasons of Advent and Christmas. In England, the 26th of December is called ‘Boxing Day’ because the wealthy would ‘box up’ the extras and distribute them to the poor.

    I suspect we need to implement it in the US, too.

    This week in Advent, we celebrated the Bethlehem or Peace candle–bringing peace to all.

    The themes are consistent, aren’t they?

    Thanks for sharing!

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