Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-4
Verse Three: “…to bestow on them a crown of beauty… oil of gladness… a garment of praise…”
The opening lines to Isaiah 61 are a clear call to love all of our neighbors. These are the words that Jesus read after He came out of the time of testing in the wilderness. As He stood in the temple, these words from Isaiah 61:1-2 were used as the announcement for what He had come to do. As Jesus’ ministry unfolds, it becomes clear that these things are what His disciples and all who will follow Him are called to do as well. There is much joy in proclaiming these words as Jesus did and claiming our role to follow in His footsteps.
During this Christmas season, the children have risen to a new level of awareness in my heart. Perhaps it is because these are the ones who often have the least and who are most vulnerable. Whether it is buying gifts for an “Angel Tree” child or assembling a “Christmas ShoeBox” for one in need, it makes a difference. Whether it is ringing the Salvation Army bell for an hour or two or helping to assemble a holiday food basket for a needy child’s family, it makes a difference.These are but a few of the ways that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, can help a child or their family to feel loved this holiday season. In doing so, we will “bestow on them a crown of beauty… oil of gladness… a garment of praise…”
May we each find ways to do for others this Christmas season. Whether big or small, it all makes a positive difference. May we bless the children with God’s love this Christmas season!