I love this time of year,
I hate this time of year.
I saw a cartoon on Thanksgiving night, it
"Amazing how we spent the day thankful for what we have -
and head out on Black Friday to buy more."
This hit me hard,
I was one of those crazies out on Black Friday -
though I promise I wasn't totally 'crazy'.
The big kids and I have built memories by hitting
a few shops -
people watching and then having iHOP breakfast at 2am!
This little cartoon really got me to thinking.
I love all the good wishes from everyone,
I love getting Christmas cards and pictures from friends
I love spending this magical time with my family.
I love that this time of the year people reach out to those in need.
City food pantries are full,
clothing drives supply coats,
we fill shoeboxes for
a Christmas angel
filled with a toy,
a new outfit and some shoes.
If we bring food cans to the delivery station -
we've done our part for the season,
and we're feeling pretty good about ourselves.
But, I have to ask -
What do we do for the rest of the year?
Do we think about the local food pantry in May?
Do we think about clothing needed for the summer?
Do we take the time to sit down and play with
our Christmas angel with his/her new toy?
or take a photo of them in new outfit?
Do we sit and listen the elderly?
I personally need to examine and pray for guidance
as to what Christ wants me to do with my life.
God does not say to love others during the holiday season and you are good,
rather He says,
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply,
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of
these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.'