One Body, Two Very Different Christmases- How To Be One With Them?
Silent night, Holy night, all is calm, all is bright…
Many Christians all over the world will sing this Christmas carol in the next few days. Millions look forward to Christmas. What about the Syrian Christians in the midst of a terrible civil war? Will they have the “heavenly peace” this Christmas classic speaks about?
Christmas in Syria will be different for Christians this year. There will be few decorations and no big celebrations. Christians don’t want to attract a lot of attention with their Christmas decorations, fearing that Christmas trees might make them a target for extremists. And, of course, the civil war itself isn’t a good setting for big celebrations.
Meanwhile, in America, the Christmas season is the only thing on our minds. We are attending Christmas parties, getting ready for the children’s play at church and getting our last minute shopping done. While we focus on getting all that we need to get done, we usually run into one snafu.
Sometimes it is the realization that we forgot an item at the grocery store. Sometimes it is finding a gift for that person that many of us have on our Christmas list… the one who is impossible to shop for. They are the person who says “I have everything I need” or “I don’t know what I want for Christmas” (and they really mean it).
Well, here is an idea that will not only bless that person, but will bless a persecuted Christian half a world away…give a gift in their honor.
When you give a gift in honor of someone, you will not only have a solution for what to get the person who has everything, but you will also change the life of a persecuted believer! It is simple to do and you can even download a card to give them, to let them know that this gift was given in their honor.
As we reflect on God granting us the most precious gift of His Son this season, consider giving a gift that would bless a persecuted brother or sister in a country like Syria.
Though our Christmas celebrations might be different, we are one body in Christ. Whether you are able to give or whether you are able to pray (or both), thank you so much for being One With Them this Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!