Friday, January 9, 2009

'tis STILL the season for giving

Christmas has passed, the bell ringers have packed up their red buckets, most churches and shelters have served the last of their community dinners, and that wonderful feeling of generosity and goodwill towards men seems to have been packed away with the lights and garland.

But lest we forget, there are still scores of needy people all around us, families are still struggling in these, the worst economic times we've seen in decades, and the weather outside is still frightful, even more so, as in my neck of the woods, when the worst of the winter weather occurs after Christmas (like the 4-6 inches we're expecting this weekend).  While we consider the plight of retail stores who face a dramatic slowdown following the shopping season, don't forget the countless shelters, missions, churches, and community centers who also face a post-christmas drag.

So in between self-administered pats on the back for the good work we've rendered to our fellow man during the holidays, let's remember that need doesn't know a season.

Mat 25:44-45  
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.  

elder todd

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