Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Celebrating

Be sure you go over to Brenda's Living with Rad and read her "Giving Away Fruit" post it is not missable. How is that for good grammer?
Along the same lines. There are many good things we can do for Jesus birthday. I really like the idea of giving Him a gift since he is the birthday child. There are lots of ways to do this.
Samaritans Purse gives shoebox gifts to children. They also have a catalog and you can buy a poor family a dozen chicks, or a pig. You can provide milk for a month to a child and many many other projects. Gospel for Asia also does this. How about a hundred dollars to buy a missionary a bicycle?
Or warm clothing for people who are in the freezing cold. My favorite though in honor of Andrew, Debbie's son and Katie another one of our friends daughters is to buy a wheelchair. Joni and Friends ministry literally goes places where they pick people up off of the GROUND to be in a sitting and upright position for the first time in their lives. That is life changing. When is the last time you spent money that had that kind of power? Changing people's lives. You don't have to give the full amount either you can give your gift and ask that it applied towards the item you want to give.

Think about it. when is the last time you even remembered all the hullabaloo over Christmas gifts? Do you think the recipient of a wheelchair or a pig to help their family of a child that got a coat? Do you think they can ever forget?

Happy Birthday Dear Jesus Happy birthday to you!!

5 comments:

Angela said...

Thanks Karen...It's good to be reminded that we CAN do our part, no matter how big or small. ((hugs))

Heidi said...

Thank you so much for the reminder - at times I tend to get wrapped up in things and forget that other countries need us too...

Kathy said...

Excellent post Karen D! Thanks for remining me to put the focus where it should be. I loved your Christmas tree adventure. Funny!

Answers; floating teeth is to file them down with a very large metal rasp.
Lameness is not the accident prone little guy this time, my personal riding horse is out of commission for a while.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Great reminder in this time of frenzied buying. So MANY celebrate with so little. We gave up "bought gifts" looooong ago. The "Family" gift became a wonderful opportunity to share with others. We've gifted animals, school supplies, food, and lots of other special items --but none was so special as the day we donated Andrew's no-longer- needed wheelchair to Joni's Wheels for the World. Some child has a sporty RED wheelchair and our son dances in Heaven without need of wheels. God is GOOD! : D

Life with Kaishon said...

This is such a good reminder. We can not do charitable loving acts enough. Thank you for sharing this!