I was trying to hurry and tie my Christmas tree to the top of my minivan when a woman approached me and started mumbling something about needing money in a language I couldn’t understand. She was fairly young, probably in her forties, with three gold teeth and what appeared to be a blind left eye. She was holding a baby in her left hand that had it’s face covered and a sign in her right hand that was written in English and another language I couldn’t read.
Although I couldn’t understand anything she said or read her sign I could still understand the universal language of “I need help.” As I stood frantically trying to finish tying down the Christmas tree I remembered I had three dollars in my wallet. So I jumped down and in the spirit of Christmas I gave her my last three dollars. With a big smile and a thank you she walked away and headed straight for the next guy loading up his Christmas tree.
Getting in the car I started driving away replaying in my mind what just happened. Before I even reached the end of the parking lot I started laughing out loud. My wife and kids started looking at me and asked what was so funny. “It wasn’t real!” I said. “What wasn’t real?” They asked. “The baby… the baby that lady was holding wasn’t real! She got me.” I said.
I realized the baby wasn’t real when I thought about how the legs were sticking out from the blanket in a funny direction. I remember thinking to myself “I’ve seen those legs before.” And I have, on my daughters countless dolls. I laughed about it all the way home.
Giving without question is not something I do on a regular basis. But I should! Isn’t that what Christmas is all about? I know three dollars isn’t that much but all this lady had to do was walk up and ask. She didn’t have to earn it or give me her life story or show me identification. I just gave because I wanted to be a giver.
Isn’t that what God did for us when he gave us his Son? Isn’t that what we celebrate on Christmas, God freely giving us Jesus? He didn’t give us Jesus because of anything we had done or will do. He gave him because he loves us so much. He wanted to be a giver, the best giver. That’s why scripture says “God loved the world so much that he gave His one and only Son.” (John 3:16)
We all carry around some fake things in our lives. Just like that lady and her fake baby. But if we want the real deal this Christmas we will carry around the free gift of Jesus. And along with that will come the spirit of giving… giving without question. Now that’s what Christmas is all about.
Pastor – Zachary Elliott
Fusion Christian Church