The True Spirit of Christmas

 

          I cannot believe that Christmas is arriving tomorrow. I have been counting down the days all year! Sometimes, I forget what Christmas is all about. It is not about the presents which we all look forward to. Christmas is not only about spending time with our family, but our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’s birth. There are several reasons we can be thankful for Jesus’ birth. Jesus made thousands of selfless acts during his lifetime. There is one that really stands out…

          He was crucified on a cross to save us from our sins and three days later rose from the dead.

          The true spirit of Christmas is not about the presents, but rather reaching out to those in need. According to the statistics of the unsheltered homeless in Georgia, 8,450 people are unsheltered. That is why it is so critical that Christians, do their best to change this number. This does not mean that money should be given directly to the less fortunate, but alternately one could pray or simply join an organization to help the needy. During the Christmas season, in order to assist those in need, one might serve meals to the homeless, participate in a donating company, or collect toys and clothing for military families.

          Luke 6:38 states, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” One can serve meals to the homeless, for it is not difficult. Every year for the past three years, my family and I have volunteered at a soup kitchen or bought hundreds of cheeseburgers and made care bags to give to the homeless. Participating in a donating company such as Operation Christmas Child, can change one’s Christmas forever. Going to www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ provides more information. Additionally, collecting toys and clothing for military families can provide assistance and joy to wives of husbands who serve the country deeply miss their spouses and possibly cannot provide for themselves or their families. Jesus came so that we may have life and live abundantly in His love and freedom. We should use the freedom we have to share his love. In conclusion, all should be thinking about what we can do to show the true spirit of Christmas.  

“Mary Did You Know?” is a very heartfelt touching song that is something to hear!

Verse of the Week:

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born unto you, He is Christ the Lord.”

                                                                                                                                                       – Luke 2:11

Have a Merry Christmas and remember to give the gift of love. Be the bright light you’ve been created and designed to be by our Heavenly Father!

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