For most of us, Christmas is about cooking giant turkeys, tearing open presents, and gathering with friends and family. But not for all of us.
This season, between the holiday party frenzy and the nonstop Christmas shopping, I have felt more led to give back than ever before. Maybe it’s because of the new series we are studying at church, or maybe it’s because I have never felt more blessed in my entire life, or maybe it’s because God is stirring in me to reflect on the real reason for the season. I’m not sure. But what I do know is that there are so many people out there that won’t eat a giant turkey, or tear open presents, or gather with friends and family this Christmas, and it breaks my heart.
So this Christmas, I cannot think of a better way to be thankful for the gifts I have received from the Lord then to give back to the community. I am the first to admit that I can be a selfish person and the words “charity” and “donation” often intimidate me. Obviously, most people think it means donating their hard earned money…but it doesn’t have to mean that! There are so many ways to give, from volunteering at your local soup kitchen to hauling a trunk load of clothes from your closet to Goodwill, to sponsoring a child’s Christmas wish list.
One of my favorite memories of the season thus far was being part of “Operation Sandwich,” through Friends in Grace Bible Study. Serving alongside of some of my best friends, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless, was truly a rewarding experience. Knuckles covered in jelly, dozens of flimsy plastic knives snapped in half, and debates over crunchy versus creamy were just part of the night. The best part was sending over 800 PB&J’s to the homeless shelter for the following day to be dispersed to the hungry.
|808 sandwiches total!
The Christmas season is a wonderful time to think about giving a holiday gift that makes a difference. By helping others, you will enable them to experience the joy of the season too. Giving warmth, love and hope – that’s what Christmas is all about. A time to share our good fortune with our neighbors in need!