Friday, December 16, 2005

Giving

Ever feel like you're in a Catch 22 during the Christmas season? The holidays are like that sometimes. You run around, scrambling to get decorated and handle shopping and mailing and baking and everything, and completely stress yourself out creating joy. You wrack your brain to come up with gifts that don't break you, but aren't cheap and chincy - That the recipient will like, doesn't already have, and might actually display a little bit of thought went into them.

It's tough. We live in an age if instant gratification. No one "waits" for what they want anymore - for most of us, if you want something, you go out and buy it. This means that everyone already has what they want, and it's very difficult to both shop for those on your list and/or to even offer suggestions to those shopping for you. What on earth could anyone possibly want when we already have everything? Oh sure, everyone would love to get iPods and HDTV, but I just don't have the bankroll to get that for everyone, do you?

It's easy to lose sight of things this time of year. It's easy to get so caught up in our own agenda that we all but forget the real joy of giving from the heart, and the real blessing of receiving something you otherwise wouldn't have. To be grateful for our loved ones being so blessed, and to be so blessed ourselves, that we have little want. To forget that we give gifts to others in remembrance of the Gift given to us by God on this day of observation - a Gift not of obligation but of selfless Love.

I have been reminded today.

Yesterday, someone broke into a local warehouse of the Salvation Army. The thieves stole an estimated 450 toys that had been collected for needy children.

Can you think of anything more heartless?

There is a silver lining, though - and in God's always-cool way of handling things it's all worked out even better than before. In response to someone stealing from the hands of kids with nothing, now families many times over will be able to enjoy opening gifts on Christmas morning. By the end of the morning today, the community had responded to this sad event by working together to replace the stolen toys. Hundreds of people dropped off thousands of toys, opening their hearts and schedules to bring Christmas to families with so little.

This is Christmas Magic in action.

13 comments:

martie said...

What a heart-warming story stemming from a dasterdly situation! GOD is Great! True Christmas Magic always happens when we keep "Christ" in Christmas!

Anonymous Assclown said...

I'm still not giving those 450 toys back!
Mine mine all mine!

Bill Scott, Sr. said...

that is awesome.

bigwhitehat said...

Clew, aint it great when a gift is a big hit?

McSwain said...

Unbelievable. I'm sure there's a special punishment awaiting those crooks. But yay for your community!

I think about the gift thing and how we have so (too) much all the time. When I was a kid, we pretty much only got new toys at Christmas and birthdays. It was a big deal when we got those gifts. Not so anymore.

Nelly said...

That is a wonderful thing!

Ruben said...

This is a very thoughtful, well written post.

Rebecca said...

Clew - as always, you have written something magical. :)

Sorry I've been MIA - have family in from out of town, but I'll be popping in and out, trying to stay in touch.

Merry merry!

Pete Mitchell said...

It's nice to see that something so heinous can be turned into something genuinely uplifting and good. I hope those thieves get their just desserts; and that your community gets all the credit it deserves.

Kodijack said...

I am gradually backing away from this holiday spending orgy. Its silly, I don't appreciate it, and the things that I really want for my children cannot be purchased. I do appreciate your community pulling together, that was very cool.

Bougie Black Boy said...

so sad about the Salvation Army. . . hmmmm... don't know what to say at alla bout that. but it's disheartening

FTS said...

Stealing is wrong -- but stealing from an organization that benefits the needy is lower than low. People never cease to amaze me, both in their atrocities and in their goodwill.

Thanks for visiting today! :)

Ruben said...

You did your Xmas shopping way too early. It's not fun unless you're in a panic surrounded other last minute shoppers:)