As I write this it is becoming closer to Christmas, but as you read this it will probably be well into the New Year. I want to remind you of the Christmas spirit that we should have all year long.
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40(NIV)
To help those around us, that is a commandment from the Lord. Yesterday, my daughter and I had the pleasure to go with one of our mission teams that was here from the States. They come every year at Thanksgiving time, so we are good friends with some of them and we also make new friends. We went to a shack town where we work with often. The team had made the day before what we call blessing baskets.
This is a typical “house” in the area. So, as you can see they live quite simply to put it nicely. So, a blessing basket starts with a basket that can be used for washing people or clothes. Then it gets filled with items that are staple items in a house that can afford these things. Some of these items are luxury items. You can see below.
This is tea, oil, washing powder, spices, candles, canned vegetables, jelly, Vaseline (as their skin gets so dry) and other baking items that won’t go bad. Some of these items ARE luxury and they only get in a basket like this. These people are the poor of the poor. And what does the Lord ask of us? He ask us to take care of these people. Now, you might think to yourself, well, Liz you are in Africa. Those people are everywhere. But, if you look in your area, they are there. They are everywhere, including the United States. They might not be in your neighborhood, but they are in your town. You might need to call the police station or a shelter to find out about them, but my challenge to you is to not forget the Christmas spirit during the year. It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture to make an impact. Just start where you can. I got a blessing out of watching my daughter help take baskets to be a blessing but also to get a blessing.