Friday, December 21, 2012

A Christmas Basket For The Needy

So many organizations rally their resources this season to help those in need.  But this Christmas, be aware that remembering the poor and needy around you may also mean those with a full refrigerator and a heart full of despair.  The home-less sometimes live in the biggest houses, accompanied only by loneliness and isolation too much to bear.

Those we least expect may be neediest of all.

Love does not discriminate between the haves and the have nots.  The biggest needs of all are often the invisible but desperate cries of the human heart, an empty life which may be carefully disguised by a nice car and expensive clothes.  Small kindnesses are always multiplied, whether deserved or not, and maybe especially when they are not deserved.  That is grace.

Even the rich young ruler sought the compassion of Christ.

The first and greatest commandment, Jesus said, was to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.  The second is the manifestation of the first, to love your neighbor.

Practice grace before all.  Make us aware, O LORD.

...but he who is kind to the poor
                    honors Him.

                            Proverbs 14.31

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