Compassion. Such a simple word with such a complex meaning. Compassion: (n) concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. The holiday season is peppered with stories of the wealthy giving to the poor, of those-less-fortunate receiving a gift they never could have expected. Within this season, hearts are opened, generosity spills over, and love is shown to all of God’s children.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” – Isaiah 1:17
Time and time again, scripture speaks to the defense of the poor and needy. The Bible constantly commands His people to come to the aide of those who need it most. As children of the Lord, we are called to be different, to live within this world, but above it; we are called to rid ourselves of our attachments to transient things and to joyfully give to others.
Mainstream Christmas is a depiction of gift-giving and receiving, buying things for people we love, receiving gifts we’ve been asking for. We seldom go out of our way to give to those who need it most, deciding, instead, to spend money on toys and clothes and things that will be used for only moments before they are forgotten. Christmas is a beautiful time of generosity, of presenting our love to those closest to us, but it’s called to be so much more.
The holiday season is a celebration of our most generous Savior, Jesus Christ, who was given by God as a gift to His children. His sacrifice is a perfect sacrifice, a gift devoid of selfishness, provided to those who need it most: us.
This holiday season, make it a point to go into all the world and spread peace and love. Make it a point to donate and volunteer selflessly to those who need it the most. Make it a point to act as your Savior did, freely, boldly giving gifts that can never be repaid. Merry Christmas
submitted by a Sydney Shrimpton