This time of year brings back memories, when I would feel so frustrated at the Christmas lists from shelters and children’s organizations. My frustration stemmed from the fact that I could not help them all, but could only pick out a few things to cover.
And while the lists were being passed around, I would usually have to bite my tongue to keep it inside my mouth. Because, when the conversations turned to the items on the lists, the grumblings would start.
It was almost like these good, helpful people were saying…
“How dare they ask for such a lavish gift?”
“Don’t they know they are poor?”
Trust me, the kids know they are poor! From the holes in their shoes, to wind whipping through their lightweight clothes. From having to go to the local library to do their homework on a free computer to, not being able to text their friends because they have no phone. From the grumblings of empty stomachs to the cold nights of no electricity. They know they are poor!
But they still dream and hope to be like other children.
For, it is not poor children’s fault their parents don’t work or have an abuse problem. It is not their fault they go to the shelter to get a warm meal. It is not their fault that America has come to blame the victims instead of the real problem!
To me, Christmas is the time to give our hope to others…especially the children!
Here is an amazing statement, from the One who knew the true value of children.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” (Matthew 19:14)
I have since learned that I cannot save the world or provide it with all of the hope it requires. But the world can save itself, if we were to all pull together!
So, how will you bless Jesus’ children this Christmas season?
As always, God Bless You and God Bless America.