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Not Ready For Christmas To Be Over

I know a lot of people may read this title and think I’m nuts. That’s okay. People who know me in real life think that, too. But I LOVE Christmas.  I am not one of those people who gets in a tizzy during the Christmas season and wants to “just get it over with”. I don’t just mean that I love the trees and decorations. I do love those. It’s not even just the songs. I listen to Christmas songs year-round. So that is not the deciding factor in why I do not Christmas to be over.  Why do I not want Christmas to be over? Because during the months of November and December people do things that they don’t do the rest of the year. Churches make food drives. Stores host toy drives. Civic groups take donations to help the poor. Poor, hungry people are around us year-round. Yet, the rest of us seem to care more around Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Our church youth recently took some meals and small gifts to some elderly people in our community. They have agreed to start doing it once a month. Mark is only off two weekends per month. Now, one of those precious Saturdays each month is going to be spent cooking and hosting teenagers. That would be something to complain about, but I have seen how some of these people live and it is heartbreaking. One lady we took food to has no heat. Her house looks like a moderate wind would knock it down. I found out she does not have a stove in her house. Can you imagine living in those conditions? A couple that we delivered food to lives at the top of a verrrry steep driveway.We could not get the church van up the driveway so we parked in the road and walked.  There are about 100 dogs in their yard and the one across the street. (and we were carrying plates of chicken)When the man opened the door for us to give him the food, his pants were wet. I am not sure if he had spilled something on himself, or not.It was very sad.

I know that I have spent a lot of time rambling. I feel a sort of restlessness. I want to do more. I want to be able to help people.  There are so many situations that I know of where people are hurting or worried about the future. There are people who have health issues and are suffering.  There is so much that needs doing. Sometimes I wonder if anything I do matters. I am only one person. I can only do so much. But… I can do something. That is better than doing nothing.

Galatians 6:9-10    9Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

10So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

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2 thoughts on “Not Ready For Christmas To Be Over

  1. Diane on said:

    One day a man was walking on the beach after a hurricane. There were thousands of beached starfish lying on the sand, just dying. A little boy was picking them up, one by one, and throwing them back into the ocean. The man asked the boy, “Do you know how futile that is? You could never save them all. Why don’t you just let them die? All your work won’t even matter.”
    The boy picked up another starfish, and hurled it into the sea. “It matters to that one.”

    Don’t give up, friend. You may not be able to save them all, but by “all means, save some”. (I Cor. 9:22)

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