A mixture of joy and sadness are my feelings on Christmas. So much joy for the gifts God has given me - the birth of His Son, my amazing family, a home, food, clothing, generous gift cards from family and friends and the list could go on and on.
During Christmas, though as I am reminded of all of my blessings, I think of those that don't have as many blessings - those with very little healthy food to eat, lack a loving family or friends, or have never been introduced to Jesus' love.
Sarah said to me today as we were listening to NPR," Mom, 1 out of 7 people in Vermont go hungry."
How much should we help? When are we being too indulgent instead of helping? When do I not need to buy a bottle of wine or some new art supplies for the children? When should I instead be helping others? Or is it ok to do both? And how does God want me to do so?
So on this Christmas it seems as if God is reminding me that I am to love others like He loves us and to be more self-sacrificing like Jesus.
This Christmas Eve as our family sits in our warm home heated by our woodstove, and eats a simple meal of homemade soup before going to Christmas Eve service at church, I will be thankful and know that all of our blessings are from God.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." ~ Ephesians 2:10