What is this gift giving all about?

            Many families open their presents on Christmas Eve; others the next morning. Whether it’s Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, there will be a group of individuals who will be working on this day. They will provide needed services for the world at large and specifically for those who are disabled or elderly.

            What is this gift giving all about? When the Three Wiseman visited the manger scene in Bethlehem to see The Christ Child, they brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh- unique gifts for a special person. God had provided the gift, the givers, and the receiver.

            There is no finer, precious gift than that which came to the world on what we now call Christmas Day – the tiny baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

            Other individuals have given gifts beyond their means including the widow who gave two coins. That was all she had. She gave them willingly – not expecting anything in return. The widow was in church that day and the chimes had not rung for years. There had not been a gift given that was worthy to hear the bells ring. However, upon this day the bells tolled for a long period of time.

            So, what is it that you can do for someone else this Christmas season? The greatest gift you can give is yourself.

            Many of the aging population are on a fixed budget, yet they want to do something. Bake a pie, send a card, use the telephone, or make a decision to spend some time with that special friend. Let them know that you care.

            Many physically disabled or frail elderly individuals cannot get out. They cannot go shopping by themselves or at all. Offer to take them or, if needed, take their list and do the shopping for them. While the recipient will feel good about your “gift of time,” you will receive the blessings.

            If you are looking for something to do during the holidays, extend your giving of time until next year. Look for a long-term care facility, an aging program of your choice. But just don’t give yourself during this time of year. After all, these individuals need you year round.

            What is the gift giving all about? Giving to someone else, so they will feel blessed. You, too, have a gift you can give to someone else.

            Christmas is a time of sharing with what God has blessed you. When celebrating this season, please include those in your community who do not have family or friends near. The employees and staff of Mays Mission wish you and your family a most blessed holiday season.

            For free information about disabilities, please call 888-503-7955, email us at info@maysmission.org, or write to us and thank you for all you do for the disabled.

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