“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” 

Christmas is a time for family and friends to do so much together and for each other.  Some start planning a year in advance for the next celebration.  We plan festive meals and holiday parties.  Sometimes we gather up the family to watch one of those classic movies like It’s a wonderful life or A Christmas Carol.  And often we plan a trip to see Handel’s Messiah or The Nutcracker.

While these cheerful events and celebrations draw the family together for Christmas, probably the most thought about event is that of gift giving.  Some like to get this portion of Christmas done soon.  Others, like me, are last-minute procrastinators!  Nonetheless, it’s always interesting and fun.

It’s said in Acts 20:35 that Paul told us “… to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

With this verse in mind, many take the opportunity to give a little extra of both time and money to donate to charities that assist the less fortunate this time of year.  Still others volunteer their time to bring a smile to the faces of the elderly and disabled.  A visit here and a Christmas carol there make for warm hearts and grins from ear-to-ear, a blessing for both the giver and receiver! Whether through donations or in person help spread the gift of love this holiday season!

The greatest gift of all, though, was given by God, our father.  The birth of Jesus, our lord and savior, cannot be topped.  To those who accept and receive this gift we have the promise of eternal life with God (John 3:16).

With all this in mind, the staff here at Mays Mission hopes that you take the time to celebrate with family and friends and that you spread the gift of love this season.  And we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year. And if you would like more information on volunteering in your community call us or email us at info@maysmission.org for a free copy of our brochure “The Spirit Of Volunteerism” today. Thank you.

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