Caring at Christmas
Last month in SPC Youth during Adoption Awareness Week, we watched the movie The Blindside and talked about a.) How we were adopted by God and appointed as co-heirs with Christ! and b.) How not only did God adopt us out of darkness, but He also commissioned us to help others in need.
In the book of James, we are reminded… “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is THIS: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)
I found it so interesting that the text put “caring for those in need” WITH the call to “be unstained from the world.”
Honestly, a lot of us seek to be “unstained” by DISTANCING ourselves from those we consider to be “stained”. Sometimes we try to avoid the most troubled in society, rather than care for them. Sometimes we overlook our neighbor in need, let alone the suffering in another country.
In Jeremiah 22:16, God makes a bold declaration that to truly KNOW Him, has EVERYTHING to do with helping those who are suffering.
“He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,
and everything went well for him.
Isn’t THAT what it means to know me?”
SAYS THE LORD.”
Christmas is a GREAT time of year to help others!!!!!! There are TONS of families in need. …SO HOW CAN YOU HELP!?
Here’s a couple ideas…
1.) Sponsor a child somewhere. (or babies and their mothers) Compassion International, for example, is a GREAT organization for that. (http://www.compassion.com/) ((Or you can simply adopt a low income family this Christmas and help purchase gifts for their kiddos))
2.) You can be a part of an already established Christmas organization. Ask your church what they’re involved with this month! There are several charities created for the purpose of giving to the less fortunate during the holidays.
Two organizations I love and have partnered with in the past are:
-The Samaritan’s Purse ( Operation Christmas Child )
-Prison Fellowship, who founded “Project Angel Tree”