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Happy Sabbath, Berean! It’s hard to believe that 2011 is almost over. It’s been a very challenging year. And for some the joy of the holiday season will be marred as they face an uncertain future, as the bills mount, the rent is overdue or foreclosure looms on the horizon, and the cupboards are bare. But the most painful part will be watching the sad little faces of their children when “Santa” overlooks their houses on his reindeer trek across the sky. Yet, it is in these heartbreaking times that God has given us an opportunity to let our light shine as we generously give to those in need. Listen to the words of Jesus: “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Matthew 25:34-40. Did you get that? Whatever we do for others, we are doing for Christ!
Berean, we may not be able to change the circumstances in the lives of others, but we can help to ease the burden. When we support Christian education, we are not only providing monetary support, we are blessing and encouraging families who may be weighed down in discouragement wondering how they are going to make ends meet. Let us continue to show our support by placing our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope. May the God of heaven richly bless you and yours with a safe and joyous holiday season.