It is also seen in the giving that happens to those in need. In that case, there is not an exchange like around the Christmas Tree with family and friends, but seemingly, one way.
During this holiday season, we often make extra effort to show care and concern for others. We continue our support of Interfaith Community Services (ICS), Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), Sister Maria Jose Women’s Shelter, Youth on Their Own (YOTO), and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW). We will continue to collect and use Sunday Dollars every Sunday and the Noisy Offering that along with the agencies listed above help our neighbors in our community.
For this season, we are putting out an Angel Tree to help a family with connections to the church have a merrier Christmas, as well as working to help all of the lives that are touched at The Lot on 22nd have a merrier Christmas with food and presents. Keep your eyes out for more information.
So why do we give, especially if we don’t get a gift back? Well, let’s be honest, when have you ever given anything with your heart and not received something significant (but often intangible) in return?
Then again, even if nothing seemed to come back, you have experienced the true meaning of Christmas. For Christmas is not about presents and lights and trees. It is about Jesus.
It is about the presence of God on earth.
It is about the light of the world coming.
It is about a tree that he will be hanged on.
It is about all of these things and more, because it is about – you- me- the world.
It is about grace.
So when you give without reciprocation or any strings attached, may you know that you are doing a gracious thing. That you are acting as a Christian (as Luther called it- a little Christ), sharing that which has been blessed into your care to use for the sake of the world.
A blessed holiday and merry Christmas to all!
Remember that God loves you, and so do I!