Thursday, December 16, 2010

Unwrapping Christmas Joy

It's Thursday Jam time over at Faith Barista so get your cup of coffee and head over at take a look at the other posts for today!  Today's topic is 'Unwrapping your Jesus discoveries' so far this Christmas season.  I've been keeping my eyes open and my heart tuned in to what Christ is doing all around me this Christmas.  There've been several things I've seen and my heart has been touched by so far, but the one that has taken the cake occurred yesterday afternoon...

I work at an Endoscopy center with four physicians.  They are great to work for and our office collects money and buys them a gift each year to show our appreciation to them.  We've bought things from pen holders of a man on a toilet (we do colonoscopies to) to making them a sports team throw.  But this year we decided to do something different.  We sponsored a little boy's Christmas at the local children's group home, the Calvary Home for Children.  We collected enough money to buy him a Nintendo DS with 3 games and a new outfit, tennis shoes, and a stocking filled with goodies.

This is what the Christmas spirit is all about.  People coming together and pooling their resources to make a difference in a child's life.  This boy was taken away from his parents due to a very bad home situation.  He was taken from school and arrived at the group home with only his backpack.  God pieced the timing of the events together so that we would have the opportunity to put joy in this little boy's heart this Christmas.  Our doctor's didn't need a thing that we could give them, but the irreplaceable joy that will be this child's on Christmas morning is priceless.

This is what Christ wants from His followers at Christmas (and any time).  He wants us to be His hands and feet.  His desire is for us to bless others with our resources and to be a light for Him to this generation.  Because someone else sacrificed a meal out for lunch one day a child will experience Christmas joy this year.  He'll know that someone cares about him.  It may even open his heart to Jesus and how much He cares for him. 

So look around you this season.  Who could benefit from a small sacrifice on your part?  Who could you share a little Christmas joy with?

“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.’  Matthew 25:40


7 comments:

AveryHome said...

What a wonderful gift and I bet they were just as blessed by it as you were! Great advice... eyes open and heart tuned to Christ! Thank you Allison!

Heidi

Lisa said...

I want to be looking for Jesus everyday. I believe He is always speaking and moving in our lives; we just have to keep our eyes and ears open. Often we miss Him because we are too focused on us.
Thanks for this post, Allison!

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Allison, it's funny how God sometimes speaks through others. Your post helped solidify a decision I made today, but had been struggling with for a while. "His desire is for us to bless others with our resources and to be a light for Him to this generation." What a wonderful way to sum it up! Thank you so much for this!

Lisa notes... said...

It does really make me feel better when I'm able to give to others. I'm glad God put that in us. It's a piece of him.

Bonnie Gray said...

Allison, I love how you can convey everyday encouragement and allow our hearts to be inspired. We can do more together as a community, than alone when we pull our resources together. Thanks for expressing this so wonderfully in the jam today!

Sheryl said...

What a wonderful way to give! I'm sure this is going to make a great impact on this boy. How great of you to pull together to make a difference.

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe Ⓥ said...

That little boy will definitely find some joy in what you all are doing for him. That's amazing love. Thank you for encouraging me to bless someone else this year.