Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Christmas

This is an account of my efforts to put into action what I learn while reading the Bible, an account of my journey to become closer to God.

Are you thinking about Christmas already? We (the Perimeter Church family) are. I was asked the other day to help write a letter to members asking them to reconsider the true meaning of Christmas, hoping with it to move people toward compassion and away from consumerism. Here’s what we came up with:

“The story of Christ's birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love. However, the remembrance of his birth, the celebration we know as Christmas, has lost its way.

Instead of spending the days and weeks before Christmas taking the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poorest and lost among us, we throw ourselves into a state of shopping chaos. We endure grueling traffic jams, push our way through hectic crowds as we work our way down long lists, and too often spend an abundant amount of money on things that will soon be broken, too small, out of fashion, or put aside and forgotten.

We do all this because we’ve come to believe that to have a good Christmas means to wake up to a bounty of gifts beneath the tree. We do all this because we’ve forgotten that the season isn’t about us, but about Him.

And as we unwrap our gifts, we’ve probably also forgotten that somewhere not far from our warm homes, someone awakens in a cold home with little or nothing to eat. Without gifts, perhaps even without a Christmas tree.

Is this how we really want to celebrate the birth of Christ?

What if Christmas became an occasion to celebrate Christ’s birth in a way that would truly bless His heart and the thousands of people in our area who struggle every day to survive poverty?

Let us provide assistance to hurting people during the season that is the celebration of His birth. There is no better way to do that than to give of ourselves to others as He gave of himself to us. Join us in the ministry of relief and evangelism. We encourage you to prayerfully consider what God would have you do in the name of His Son.

(We’ll add something here about what to donate and where to send money)

Let us remember Jesus and His sacrifice for us, and celebrate Him by making our own sacrifices for others. Let us bless others as He blessed us.

Let Christmas change the world again, one household at a time.”

I don’t know what your church and community does for the least during Christmas, but if you are at all motivated to do something similar to what we will begin doing in November, feel free to use this letter to help you get started.

Last night I began to read the book of Job. I’m sure I will have many thoughts and questions about this dramatic epic in the coming days.

Well, I guess that’s enough for today. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and please pray for me and my family. Now go out and hug somebody!

1 comment:

Ginny said...

Thanks, Greg.
Now is such a good time to think about Christmas...long before we get caught up in the fray!
As for Job...it is a powerful book that stirs up many questions, indeed.