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“And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities…provided for Him from their substance.” (Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭2-3‬ NKJV)

As a fire chaplain, I once responded to a call with our department to a house in our community for a non-emergency assistance need. As I stopped by later to follow up with the family, they exclaimed how grateful they were for the much needed help. Although they were of very modest means, they wanted to do something to show their appreciation for our firemen. So, with boxes of chocolates and homemade goodies, our guys were blessed by these for doing the job our department was called to do!

The Bible speaks of a group of women that Jesus helped, having compassion on and delivering them from demonic issues, possibly possession, and restoring them to a better life. In gratitude, though they were also of modest means, they served Jesus with whatever they had: a bit of money, food preparation, camp cleaning, laundry… They gave of themselves which enabled Jesus and His disciples to focus on the ministry which would impact even more lives. Every bit helped.

Like the women that followed Jesus, we all have reasons to be grateful to the Lord. These reasons should compel us naturally to somehow serve Him in return. Don’t look at what you don’t have or can’t do, but start with what you got and who you are! You’re greatest gifts and talents are already in your grasp! It will all make a difference and be appreciated! You are loved today! Be a servant! 

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And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬ NKJV)

Imagine if the birth of Christ happened today, how would it be written? Maybe it would be something like this:

“And suddenly an angel appeared to the Detroit sanitation workers as they hung out at the garbage truck garage. Frightened, they ran for cover, just knowing that all kinds of badness was about to break out! But the angel spoke peace to them, announcing the birth of the Savior, ‘And this will be the sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in a homeless man’s jacket and lying in a shopping cart in a parking garage on Junction Street.’ And suddenly the garage was filled with angels singing and praising God, blending worship with diesel fumes. Once the workers realized that it wasn’t a gang drive-by, and making vows to visit their mommas at church, they scrambled into their garbage trucks and caravanned to the parking garage and found the baby just like they were told, along with a frightened teenage girl and her boyfriend.”

Sometimes we miss just how strange the original story was! But God’s plan was with a purpose, that the Savior would be welcomed by all nationalities and social classes. Take time this Christmas to appreciate the story God created for all mankind and you! You are divinely loved!

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You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20‬:‭35‬ NLT)

According to Fox News, the Toys R Us in Bellingham, MA, is where a kid can be a kid, and a complete stranger can be an angel. Around noon on Wednesday, a woman, dubbed “The Layaway Angel”, walked into the store and told a cashier she wanted to pay off a layaway balance: ALL OF THEM. In total, 154 people benefitted to the tune of $20,000!

When you stop to consider the better moments in life, it usually boils down to two things: Getting something as a gift and what you gave to others that touched their life. Greed feels good for a moment, but that moment passes quickly, usually as soon as you realize that you want more stuff. But to give, especially to those who can’t afford it, a little compassionate generosity goes a long way in your heart! It might even inspire others to do the same!

As you shop this weekend for Christmas things, take the chance to get something for someone in need. It could be an anonymous child through the Salvation Army or your local Angel Tree program, or even someone you know personally that is struggling. But when you take time to give, the blessings that return are always beyond compare to the cost! You are loved today!

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