One of my family’s favorite traditions at Christmas time is setting aside a certain day to get hot cocoa, walk around a decorated town, and finish out the evening with a horse-drawn carriage ride.
We spend time together and cherish each moment that God has given us. You know, we are so blessed that we have a season to be cheery, cozy, and joyous! I love the music and family reunions, but there is something we should remember.
Not everyone feels like celebrating at Christmas.
I’m not referring to those who simply choose not to celebrate it. I mean those who have lost loved ones, who don’t have enough to eat, and who feel alone.
While everyone else is sitting by the fire singing Christmas carols, they sit all alone wondering if they even have a reason to celebrate at all.
Just because someone doesn’t feel like being happy or joyous, it doesn’t mean that we can’t share some Christmas cheer with them.
God has blessed me with all that I need, plus more! I can choose to use what Jesus has placed in my life to bring joy to others. Not only will they receive a blessing, but it will add more meaning to my Christmas.
So, with all the lights, music, and peppermint hot chocolates, I have one wish for this Christmas.
That we, as Christians, would come together and choose to take every opportunity to share God’s joy with everyone we come in contact with.
This past Thanksgiving my family and I volunteered to deliver meals to those who needed them. We went to an elderly woman’s home where we brought a few meals and helped put her food away. She told us that her children were going to visit, but they had made other plans and she was left alone for Thanksgiving.
The one thing that really stood out to me was that she just needed someone to care and spend some time with her. I really hope she felt blessed that we came for a few minutes.
There really are a lot of people who just need someone to love them. Someone to go out of their way to share God’s joy with them.
I’ve put together a few ideas to help you put some meaning and joy into someone’s Christmas season this year.
- Volunteer at a shelter or food center for the needy.
- Pick out an angel from a Salvation Army angel tree and give a child a gift.
- Send a letter or card to someone who could use some cheering up.
- Invite someone into your home for dinner.
- Visit someone who might feel alone this Christmas.
Those are just some ideas that I’ve come up with to help you get started. Just as Jesus came to the world to share true mercy and love with all people, He tells us that that’s how we should live as well.
James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Matthew 25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Take some time this Christmas to focus on the opportunities to reach out to your community.
What about you?
- What would you add to my list of ideas to reach out to someone?
- How has someone blessed you during the Christmas season?
Written by Kayla Marie of Embrace Purity