Friday, December 08, 2006

December 7th: Giving the Jacket off your Back

Sitting over dinner last night, my husband told me about a conversation he'd had with his sister on the way home from work. She opened up the conversation by saying, "Did you hear what Bob did?" (Bob is my husband's younger brother.) She went on to share that Bob had been driving home from work where he saw a homeless man walking along the road. Apparently, he sees this man quite often on his commute, but on this particular day, he decided to pull over and talk with him. He asked the man if he was cold. When the man replied that yes, he was, Bob literally gave him the jacket off his back.

We were all touched by this kind gesture that Bob made to a total stranger. Jerry said, "Cody...that's the love of Jesus working in Uncle Bob's life. That's what we are supposed to do for other people."

It didn't end there for Bob. Apparently he's going to keep a couple extra coats in his vehicle just in case he sees anyone else who might be cold this winter.

At this time of the year, there is an abundance of giving, especially to those less fortunate. Have you found a family, an individual, or a cause to give to this season? Have you thought about opening your home to someone you know this Christmas who might otherwise be alone? Maybe someone you know is going through a divorce or has experienced a significant loss this year. There are endless ways to reach out to those around you who may be hurting. It's also a profound way to teach our children the love of Jesus in action. We are to be His hands and feet...even when it means we may be asked to literally give someone the jacket off our backs.

...We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

Acts 20:35

1 comment:

Staci said...

That is beautiful, I think I need to find something for the kids and I to do this holiday season to help others...