But honestly, there are few presents that we receive for the holidays that we still hold on to and cherish years later. If we do, it's often because of WHO gave the present more than the actual gift itself.
The Best Gift Ever
This same Jesus- whose birth we celebrate by spending billions on gifts- also said this:
Mission Without Borders has provided a way for you to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, visit those in prison, and clothe the needy. Through alternative gifts, you can give a gift in the name of a special person and truly change a life forever!
One of the most practical gifts for rural families are farm animals. One sow averages 10 piglets per litter and can have two to three litters per year! These piglets can be sold to provide money for school, clothes- whatever a family needs! This is truly a "hand up" that will set a family on a path to self sufficiency! The gift of a pig is just $96.
"Children in Eastern Europe are not permitted to go to school if they don't have the basic equipment. So simply by giving new exercise books, pencils and rulers you're giving a child an education, and a future." Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. A gift of $20 will buy school supplies for a year for a needy child!
Last year I gave several of these alternative gifts away. Order online. The type up a letter stating why you chose this gift (because you love school, I decided to help other children with their school supplies). You can make the presentation fancy or simple. The main point is to keep the focus on the real reason for the season- Christ's birthday- and honoring Christ by helping others in His Name.
I don't fully understand the above Scripture passage. But when we give to others (especially those who are never going to be able to repay us) in some way we are giving to Christ Himself. Will you commit to giving to those who will never be able to repay you this holiday season. You won't regret it, I promise.