This passage was part of the morning readings. Luke 6:36 to 38 (NLT)
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
I am receiving many suggestions right now in the period of buying frenzy before Christmas of what my children would like to receive. I am reflecting on what place this kind of giving has for Christ’s followers. Maybe I am just tired of the excesses. Maybe I know how much their requests really will cost if I treat them all fairly and know that it will not be possible for me to meet their requests. More and more I wish I could get away from the pressure to give at this season. So much of the giving is stuff no one needs, really.
A http://www.buynothingchristmas.org/ looks more and more attractive.
Maybe it is just my feet sore with plantar fasciitis that tell me I do not want to walk around in malls fighting people for a place in the line ups.
Yet, I want to give. It is part of my nature and when done for the right reasons and to good causes (even to one’s own children) it is a response to God’s love. I am not sure the kind of excesses of our North American Christmas honor God nor do all the requests of my children. Balance I guess. Keep honoring God my first desire. Pray I do not become too cynical or miserly to catch some of the glory of this season.