Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;                                                    Luke 1:68-69 (KJV)

Maybe if you are like me, you are finding this Christmas season to be a bit of a challenge. It is a wonderful time of year, one where we remember that God visited the earth with the gift of his son.

Visiting. That is what I miss this year. We won’t be having our kids and grandkids over to our house as we have every year since they were born. Visiting others is a gift that we can take for granted- until we cannot do it. Yes, this Christmas season is a bit of a challenge.

So, this year, we need to make extra effort to find ways to celebrate. Maybe one way is the gift of giving to others. Many churches and non-profit groups are depending on gifts from the community to help fulfill their mission of serving others who are suffering or are going without.

My church, Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, has traditionally challenged the congregation to give as much to the Christmas Miracle offering as they would spend on their own family. After all, as Pastor Mike Slaughter used to say, “Christmas is not your birthday!” The church will be helping to fund the non-profit organizations affiliated with the church which so greatly impact the community.

So, placing more thought and emphasis on such worthy giving is a good way to redeem some of the loss we feel in not being able to see many people that we traditionally visited.

Maybe it will help remind us of that great visit that Jesus made so that we can even celebrate the season!

Prayer: Lord, you visited the earth with the presence of your son- what a gift you gave! Amen

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