For many, this is a happy time of favorite memories, of family times together, of Christmases past and looking forward to Christmas present. I happen to love this season. There are so many reminders that this is a time of goodwill, giving, celebration, and joy. We fuss, we do parties, we give cards, we do so many, many things. Children are on high excitement alert for weeks before Christmas. It is a big, big celebration. First, we have Thanksgiving, then we decorate the tree and our homes, string up the lights, and start baking and thinking of who we want to give gifts to.

But, for many, it is a time of great sadness and stress because the expectation just is not there. For one reason or another, there are those who suffer greatly especially at Christmas time. There are the forgotten of all ages. Those in nursing homes are many times shoved away and forgotten. There are children who have never known a Christmas, who not only have not had a Christmas, but also have not celebrated a birthday, or had a meal in days, who do not even know who their father and mother is. There is suffering all over the world.

The good news is that this is a good time to give heartily as unto the Lord to those that come to mind who need a hand up. You all know someone who needs something. I can think of a couple of friends that need encouragement and I will give it. If you have it in your heart to encourage someone today, to cook a meal, to send an offering to a needy person, to prophesy, or to even travel to a third world country, I want to say, “what is holding you back?” Most of the time it is ourselves and our excuses.

Are you happy? Are you well fed? Are you well clothed? Do you have friends that care for you? You are most fortunate indeed.  And you all have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. His name is Jesus Christ. He came and imparted Himself into us, and He commanded that we go into all of the world and heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons and bring those in prisons out of their prisons (emotional and physical).

For God so loved the world that He gave. So, it is in us to give. What can I do this season?  What can I give as unto the Lord? You can give your heart. You can give yourself. We are the light of the world. We are the salt. We are the life. Give life wherever you go. You do not have to go far, maybe just across the street.

What would it look like if everyone who called themselves a “Christian” gave of the love of God this Christmas? No, not just gaining souls to put another notch on our belts, but truly seeing each person as Jesus sees them? Putting ourselves in their shoes as He did for us. Try asking the Lord as you meet each person, “what would you do for this person Jesus”?  And then, do what He would do. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believed in Him would have everlasting life. For unto us a Son is born, a Son is given. Let’s celebrate by giving the best we have to give. The best we have to give is Jesus. Have a Jesus filled merry Christmas.

Written by:  Joyce Euren
Published on: 12/19/18