Each year when Christmas time gets closer, I start to feel something even stronger than I do all year long for people and for Jesus.
As each year passes by, I try to use the saying about what would Jesus do very often, though I do fail quite often at completing the things I should do where Jesus is concerned.
Lately, in the past few years, when Christmas time rolls around, I get even more sensative, and not only about Jesus, but about people.
There are so many people who are not fortunate enough to even have a roof over their head. I see homeless people, a man and his wife; on the side of the road. The man holds a sign that say, “Homeless, please help.” I drive by this with my 1988 beater truck and not a penny left to my name. What can I do for them, I wonder?
What would Jesus do?
The next time I see them, I intend to have money with me. I stop and go inside the gas station that they are standing outside of and I buy two hot chocolates and some hot food. I go out and give it to them and tell them that I wish I could do more. It saddens me so and I wonder why ones who do have more money, those who are driving very expensive cars, or even the local police officers; I wonder why they do not help.
I realize, after great thought, that each person probably sits in their vehicle and longs to help them, but as time has gone by, people do not trust others, especially strangers. What if these people are violent or are thieves, some may wonder?
I find it hard to have peace and joy when I am sitting in a home with a wood stove for heat, eating food (hot or cold), wearing my winter coat when I go outside, but knowing that I will have a warm place to sleep.
My prayer for Christmas this year is not for myself, it is not for my family, it is not for my friends. It is for the homeless people. I pray that each homeless person gets blessed and that someone who is very capable of helping them will do as Jesus would. I pray that the homeless people get help from someone and in return for that help, I pray that each one has the desire to try and change how they live, maybe go to school, do some part time work somewhere, and by others helping them, the homeless people can know that someone cares and wants them to live a good life, have a home, have a job, have food, clothes, and change their situation for the better. A helping hand could be more than just a helping hand. What if a tiny little gesture actually made someone have the desire to live yet another day? I pray for peace, joy, love, and selfless gifts for everyone in the world this Christmas season, and every year after that.
Christmas is the time of year many people celebrate the day of Jesus’ birth. They sing, they laugh, they eat, and all is fun and well, for most people. There are those who smile at just a hot cup of cocoa. Lord, let me have such gratitude in the little things and thank you for what there is and to not complain when there is not more. God bless all those who do not have enough in life, at Christmas and all year long.
Ironically, we can look at someone who has very little and if we could be a fly on the wall in their home or shelter on Christmas day, we would probably see them smiling and laughing and living with what they have, even if it is not much. The meaning of Christmas for me is not only about the wonderful celebration of the birth of the Precious Jesus but it is about being grateful for what we have and helping someone who truly needs it more than we do.
The nest time I see a person sitting outside in the cold, at a store, with their can and bell, I will put whatever change I have in that can, as I usually do. Really, what is a little bit of change to us? And all that change adds up so that many may eat, have warm clothes, or those who have lost things in a home fire may have shelter.
God bless everyone and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!