Sowing the Seeds of Faith: Christmas Gifts | Religion

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A recent email: “Pray for my children. I know they won’t have anything for Christmas and it’s tearing my family apart. I don’t know how to tell a child that Santa Claus is not coming.

“God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to a man named Joseph. ‘”(Luke 1:26)

Churches regularly receive phone calls over Christmas: “Sorry to ask for help but I don’t know what to do ?!

“It’s okay. How can we help you?”

“My husband was fired and we don’t have any savings for Christmas presents.

“I’m a single parent and everything I earn goes to pay the bills. “

“My daughter has a drug problem and I’m raising her kids and doing whatever I can, but there is no money for Christmas.

“Is there anything you can do to help our children have a better Christmas?” “

Our church, like the rest, will do what we can. Families receive food and gifts, but it never seems enough.

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think of what the angel could mean. “Do not be afraid, Mary,” said the angel to her, “for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and you will have a son , and you shall call him Jesus. ”(1: 29-31)

Unfortunately, Christmas is cleverly advertised as Santa Claus and presents. We talk about giving but we fantasize about receiving. You say it’s about family and friends. You are trying to remember the celebration of Christ’s birth. But turn on the television; visit a department store or pick up a bulky newspaper full of announcements and “Giveaways are the reason for the season!”

Christmas has become a blatant reminder of who receives generously and who receives little or nothing! Poorer families see other children laden with more toys than they can ever use, so the hidden message? “Christmas is for others, not for them! “

Marie asked, “How can I have a baby? I am a virgin. ”The angel replied,“ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. The baby that is born to you will be holy and will be called the Son of God. nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1: 34-35,37)

Jesus was born in a barn with farm animals and shepherds as witnesses. He grew up the son of a worker in a land occupied by Rome. Throughout his earthly life, Jesus had little or no material possessions. How did we get it all mixed up? How can we change? How can we win back Christ at Christmas?

Mary replied: “I am the servant of the Lord and I am ready to accept whatever he wants. May everything you said come true. And then the angel left. (Luke 1:38)

Next week: some creative ideas to help us celebrate the real reason for the season. Email me outlining what you’re doing to remember the real reason for Christmas. I’ll share some ideas with our readers next week.


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