As we are thinking about the holidays and what they bring, I wanted to share some thoughts with you. For many we will enjoy gathering together as a family. We will enjoy exchanging gifts. We will enjoy the lights and decorations. We will enjoy eating the meals and especially the sweets. That’s just part of it and I am glad for it.
However, there are some who will not be as blessed as others. Some will be lonely and have no one to share this time with. They will not be able to give gifts and will have no one to receive one from. They won’t have as much food to eat and may just barely have enough to exist.
I would like to suggest that in all of our abundance we seek out those who need us the most. If you know of anyone who will be alone this year, make sure you visit them. You could even invite them into your home to share a meal and a time to visit. There are many in nursing homes who could benefit from your time.
Seek out those who will not be receiving any gifts this year. Make it your goal to provide them with a few things. In San Saba County there is an angel tree in the Arrowhead Bank building with a child’s name who could benefit from your generosity. Go to the bank, get a child’s name and provide gifts that will be distributed to them.
If you know a family that will not have a good meal, buy them the items needed and let them cook it for their family. What a way to help!
There are a host of ideas you can come up with to help at this time. When people have no one they are depressed and discouraged. Give them part of yourselves. Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35 This year let’s put this to the test. When you give of yourself and the blessings God has given you, see if it isn’t a better feeling than receiving something, and let me know.
One day there may come a time when those who have many around them now, will have no one. If you give of yourself you will assure that you will be remembered. If you don’t give you may be forgotten. No one wants that so take time and share...I know God will be pleased.