219 Days To Christmas

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I know. It is weird to talk about Christmas in the month of May. What am I even thinking? The best time to start making Christmas plans is late October or early November. That is when most of us start looking for gifts, we start identifying children’s homes to visit, we think about Mary and Joseph and all that went on during the birth of Jesus. Then we look for messages to send to all our friends and family, some of whom we haven’t spoken to the whole year. We buy lots of food to celebrate with family, go out for family outings and celebrate the birth of Jesus. My favourite part of Christmas is the Christmas carols. I can listen to them all day. I also love the decorations, so beautiful. There’s a quote that fills the air in the Christmas season; ‘Jesus is the reason for the season.’

Well its 219 days to Christmas, but I woke up with a few questions, concerning the things we say during Christmas time. If indeed Jesus is the reason for the season, why isn’t the impact of his birth felt throughout the year? Does it mean that we can only love and share in a particular month? Who takes care of the homeless, street children, orphans and the elderly from January to November? If we need a reminder to give and share, then it should not only come in December, it should be throughout the year. Celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus daily, because it is the reason why we are alive.

Because God gave us His only son to die on the cross for our sins, why should we wait for Christmas to tell people about God’s love? The time is now. In fact who knows if we will get there, or the people we plan to visit will be there. A true giver does not wait for a specific date to give; a true giver gives as long as they have something that can be given. Especially now when the world is fighting a pandemic, when we are supposed to social distance and avoid going out. This is a great time to show some love, people in our midst are suffering. A different kind of people, they may not be on the streets begging, they may not even ask you for anything. Friends who are suddenly quite, your former colleagues who have lost their jobs, your neighbours who cannot afford rent anymore, your distant relative who needs some comfort, that social media friend who hasn’t posted anything for three months. Look out for the people around you who need your love, and give it. Even if no one is reaching out to you, it is not an excuse not to reach out to others. No one is too poor to give.

Put a smile on someone’s face today. If you can give now, if you can share now, if you can make that call now, why wait for 219 days to put on costumes and join the givers cast? Give now. Jesus is still the reason for the season, He is the reason for all seasons, He actually is in charge of seasons. Whatever you give, it shall be given back to you, because God’s word is true. “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)


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