Christmas is a beautiful time of year with the bright colorful lights, festive music, snuggly weather, and holiday gatherings full of laughter and cheer. From hanging the lights, decorating the tree, shopping for hours and dancing with glee, sounds like a fairy tale, right? This is a special time of year for many but a really hard time for others due to circumstances surrounding them.
As we anticipate the holiday season and the true meaning of Christmas let us not forget to remember those less fortunate. A lesson we learned young, is a lesson worth teaching our children – it is better to give than receive. Giving of our time to help where needed, our talents to bless others, our cooking to fill hunger, a hug to bring comfort, giving is not always monetary. What does it cost to offer hope to someone who has lost a job, lost a loved one, lost direction? What is the cost of generosity, compassion and humility? You don’t have to look far to find someone that needs to be blessed by you this Christmas. Giving a toy, providing a meal, giving a coat or blanket, providing assistance wherever needed, this is important.
Let us focus on others instead of ourselves this holiday. Let us show mercy and love, and extend a hand that makes the difference in the life of someone you may or may not know. We were given the “ultimate gift” of mercy and grace at no cost. We can’t afford not to extend it to others. Let us set an example for those around us and show the love of Christ in all we do.
Giving instead of receiving, the cost is small, the return is priceless. Let us be a reflection of the true joy of giving and share the true meaning of Christmas. May your family be a blessing to someone this holiday season. Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you share with your family!