Let Me Not Keep Christmas
"Let me not wrap, stack, box, bag, tie, tag, bundle, seal, keep Christmas.
Christmas kept is liable to mold.
Let me give Christmas away, unwrapped, by exuberant armfuls. Let me share, dance, live Christmas unpretentiously, merrily, responsibly with overflowing hands, tireless steps and sparkling eyes.
Christmas given away will stay fresh—even until it comes again."
~Linda Felver, A Book of Christmas, Nashville: Upper Rooms, 1988, p. 48
Challenge: Give drink to the thirsty.
When we think of this work of mercy, we can take it literally or figuratively. Let us pray on this and let God guide us to the one in need.
The "thirsty" may be that person thats needs are met by words and deeds. The "thirsty" may be that working poor of our own community who labor in the farm fields. The "thirsty" may be the person at the coffee shop who needs a little hope. The "thirsty" may be a friend with a special needs child who thirsts for compassion, understanding and needs an ear. The "thirsty" may be in your family, give your attention to the ones nearby. The "thirsty" may be your coworker who needs a friend.
We have the responsibility to become the hands and feet of Christ. To give the living water to those in need.
Let us pray daily that our eyes will be open to see the need and quench the thirst of the needy.
Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaining.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Let us all remember to use our gifts this Christmas Season to help serve others!
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