One sure way to keep coal out of your stocking this year is to meet someone else’s needs. I know people who have had their needs randomly met at Christmas time—they remember it vividly. The story I remember most is my mother’s.
My mother grew up impoverished. One Christmas season, they were struggling even more than usual. My mom recalls that her grandmother, who raised her and a handful of other children, gathered up all the kids to pray that God would provide for them.
The next morning, a bag full of groceries—including an orange for each of the kids and the doll my mom had always wanted—showed up on the doorstep. To this day, my mom remembers that moment with tears in her eyes. Because this wasn’t just about Christmas, this was about needs being abundantly and exceedingly met.
You could be that person with a random bag of groceries this year. Think about who you know that has a need, and if it’s in your means to do so, meet their need.
After you have contemplated local needs, consider global needs.
No community development program can be successful without some sort of meeting of basic needs—and that’s why we have incorporated things like water wells and medical clinics into the model of Jesus’ Economy.
We’re trying to show up with the groceries, when they’re needed. Let's all show up with the groceries and witness the blessing it will be.