GOD BLESSES HANDS THAT GIVES
During Christmas, we don’t only honor the birth of Jesus and all that it represents, but we celebrate the peace, joy, and love that we experience as brothers and sisters united by faith. In a special way as Christians we also reach out those who are unable to meet their needs. There are children living on the street while others are at orphanage Centres across the country. These people are vulnerable without basic needs but yet they want to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. As we continue to celebrate the Christmas, these Bible verses remind us about God’s commands to care for the poor. Leviticus 19:9-10 (NIV): “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 15:7 (ESV) says, “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother.” Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV): “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Luke 12:33-34 (NIV): “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 1 Timothy 6:18 (NIV): “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. May God richly and abundantly bless you and as you go about your Christmas celebrations.