Was Christmas all that? Was it everything you wanted it to be?
Gifts, food, Christmas music in the background. Family, laughter, romantic looks across the pile of gifts. Smiles of delight as the little ones and the big ones get their Christmas dreams all wrapped in pretty bows.
For some of us it really was all of that. I am in awe of the wonder of this magical day, but I also ache for the ones that did not have a happy Christmas. There are people hungry or homeless. There are people who are celebrating their first Christmas without a loved one they recently lost. There are families that had to rely on charity for their children to have anything to open on this day.
For those of us that had a Christmas better than most, I ask a few simple things. As we place the dishes in the dishwasher and take out the bags of crinkled up Christmas wrapping paper from the excess we enjoyed, say a prayer for those in need. Then, balance that checkbook and see where we can help an organization or even a family we know of in need. Go out and be Jesus.
Jesus came to earth in the form of a tiny baby born in a dirty barn on a cold night. He grew into a man and experienced humanity in all of its glory and in all of its ignominy. He humbled Himself for all of us. All He asked is for us to love one another and reach out to those in need.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Enjoy helping others, know you are loved and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas you beautiful people!