Giving is an expression of gratitude tor our blessings.
Laura Arrilaga- Andreessen
December 11th- The season of gifts.
No one has ever become poor by giving
One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wisemen. Frankincesse, Gold and Myrrh.
Gold is associated with Kings and the wisemen believed they’d found a new King.
Frankenceses is sometimes us in churches and showed that people would worship Jesus.
Myrrh is a perfume that is put on dead bodies to make them smell nice and it showed that Jesus would suffer and die.
Christmas is really about a big present that God gave the world. Jesus!
Living here where we have so much, Christmas can leave us feeling numb to the realities outside our world of abundance and excess. We need to remember that most of the world is living off less than 10 dollars a day. Rather than being stressed about their Christmas lists they are likely focused on where their next meal is coming from.When Jesus was born, wise me came to offer gifts to the newborn baby, but today we cannot leave a gift to Jesus, but we can give to causes that are close to His heart. Remember to think about what we can do for the least of these this Christmas.
It can be throwing a few coins into the bell ringers bucket, It can be given of our time and work when we’d rather be home warm and comfortable. It adds up to the wonder of Christmas and we are never poor for doing it.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give