Growing up, Christmas was my favorite holiday. Yes, that made me like every other kid. And I should confess: It was the gifts.
Now, to be sure, there were other things that made Christmas-time nice: houses covered with lights; school parties; Dickens on the Strand; and Christmas vacation. If one of those were to be left out I would feel like I was missing something, that Christmas was a bit incomplete.
There are activities today that take the place of those childhood expectations. Thankfully, I have learned none of those things make Christmas.
Perhaps I am preaching to the choir, but that’s okay.
For many people Christmas is another reminder of a great loss. Many families know this will be the first Christmas since their loved one passed away. Also, even at Christmas, tragedy always finds itself on the news. Surely, then, Christmas has to mean more than red-bowed gifts and office parties.
Indeed, it does!
Christmas is the reminder that God is with us—that God came to us and will always be with us. In our joy or sorrow we can trust that God is with us. Without that, there is no Christmas. May God’s presence, then, be everything to you this Christmas.
The professionalization of ministry will blind you to the fact that what happens in this video is part of the real, every day life ministry scripture describes. It’s about taking time to care for someone else, even if that means something as small and quick as tying someone’s tie for them.
Question: Outside of church activities and events, what does your faith in Christ compel you to do for other people? I can’t wait to hear the ways you put your faith into action.
My idea for the scariest Halloween costume came to me this morning. Yes, on Halloween day. Have I ever told you I’m a procrastinator?
It won’t cost you much money. You’ll be dressed in no time. In fact, where whatever you want. Dress up. Dress down. Wear your work clothes. Dress like a minion (There’s a joke in there somewhere). It doesn’t matter.
Next, crab a pile of index cards. Write the word “DARN” on each of them. DARN as opposed to D**N just in case the children are reading. Then give a card to anyone you meet.
“Who are you?” they’ll ask. And you’ll say, “I’m someone who gives a darn.”
That’s the scariest thing for a selfish world! Can you imagine if there were more people who walked the earth that did give a darn. Perhaps I should clarify. Give a darn about important things.
I often return to Galatians 6:2. It reads:
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
When I give a darn about you, I’ll bear your burdens with you. When I give a darn about abused children, I’ll bear that burden with them. Drug addicts? Homeless families? Dropouts? Criminals? Those thinking of suicide? Divorced families? When I give a darn, I’ll find ways to bear their burdens with them, and, thus, fulfill the law of Christ.