Two of the most important aspects of Christmas is generosity and charity.
Often however that is forgotten in all the chaotic planning, in all the fun things like movies, events, light shows, caroling and sometimes even at church.
In the world they make the getting more important than the giving and even when the world mentions giving its really about the getting, as in getting your money.
The truth is giving, generosity and charity is so important to not just Christmas but the Christian life in general.
I have a Christmas story to tell about both generosity and charity.
Years ago, my wife and I were involved at a church that was definition of a family church. Every member except maybe 5 people (including us) were relatives of each other. The church had a wonderful heart but was a bit impulsive. One year they gathered brand new Christmas presents for children in need. They ended up with three large black garbage bags filled with toys. I couldn’t even count how many there were.
One problem, they had no idea where to take them to. The Pastor called me panicked asking if I knew anyone who needs them. I told him I thought of one family but that’s it he told me to just take the presents to them.
Now this family was dirt poor and were on the brink of eviction. They kept managing to hold on to their apartment through help from others but at this point they were out of options.
We arrived and gave the presents to the children.
The two children, one boy and one girl were overwhelmed with happiness. The mother who had been raising them on her own was weeping from what had occurred. She revealed to us that the children had no presents for Christmas and she felt so ashamed of her situation.
The generosity and charity the church had shown her and her children brought joy to them in a seemingly hopeless situation.
Joy is another important aspect of Christmas but more on that next week.
Money and possessions isn’t the only thing that can be given. You can give your time, generously use your talents, love and complements are free, give those in plenty.
Be generous and charitable in your actions, in patience, kindness and forgiveness.
Be generous and charitable in the ways of God.
Have a Blessed, Generous and Charitable Week,