For What It’s Worth,
Christmas Is a Season for Giving

By E. J. Bradshaw

“’Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la…” So says the Christmas song; but it is also the season for giving. God’s great love for every human being found expression when Jesus came to earth, defeated sin, died for our sins, and was raised from the dead three days later. John 3:16. During this season when we have given our thanks and wait to celebrate the anniversary of Jesus’ birth, His Spirit creates a deep desire to give. Please, don’t resist that God-given urge!

“Remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35. “Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over.” Luke 6:38.

One should not give for the purpose of receiving; but when we give with the Holy Spirit motivating and guiding, we will receive; and our greatest reward is the joy of giving. To meet real needs in the lives of others is to lay up treasures in heaven, and a crashing stock market will not diminish the account. Matthew 6:19-21.

For guidance in giving with the right spirit, we might pray the recorded prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) “Teach us, Good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deserves: to give and not count the cost. To fight and not heed the wounds; to toil and not seek for rest; to labour and not ask for any reward…saving that of knowing that we do Thy will.” Prayer for Generousity 1548.

So, give generously but wisely. Some suggested worthy recipients are: Some needy persons in your church; The Leesville Area Ministerial Alliance (c/o First United Methodist); Helping Hands Storefront Ministry on Third Street which ministers to needy persons and families year round; Vernon Parish Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program – takes meals to all areas of our parish and currently has12 senior adults on a waiting list – call 239-4361; The Wounded Warrior Program – I’ve checked upon the validity of the program being advertized in the media – it’s OK; Christmas Gifts for The Woodlands Healthcare Center’s “Adopt-a-Grandparent” Program (before December 15); St. Judes Hospital – A large percentage of the children cancer patients who are treated without charge come from Louisiana; World Hunger (to be assured that your gift to World Hunger goes for food, give your designated gift through any Baptist church affiliated with the Vernon Baptist Association – Louisiana Baptist Convention - and the entire amount of your gift will be used to buy food. We already have the personnel and means to deliver); and remember our veterans – call VA Medical Center in Pineville at 318-466-2540 for ideas or to make a donation.

May the Joy and Peace of the Lord be yours!

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