The holidays are here. For many of us that means calendars filled to capacity with semester-end school activities, holiday parties, and shopping to buy gifts for those special to us. We will be presented with numerous opportunities to give to others, but what is it that we need most to share this holiday season?
Personally, there is nothing I need this year that can be wrapped and placed under a tree. Since I am not in a position to give a lot in the way of material items, the best gift I can come up with to share with others is hope. Hope for the homeless and heartbroken, encouragement for the lonely and downtrodden -- HOPE.
As you go about your activities this holiday season, ask God to give you opportunities to share the gift of hope with others, whether it be by donating your time or money to meet the needs of others less fortunate than yourself or simply inviting a lonely friend to spend time with your family during the holidays. "Let the Word of God dwell in you richly" (Colossians 3:16) and "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have" (1 Peter 3:15).
Christmas is all about hope -- the hope that entered the world as a child, died on the cross as our Savior, and rose to reign as King. Will you share that hope with others this Christmas?