Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38

I made my theatrical debut as a kindergartner at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Christmas performance. I was given a singing solo with the following lines:

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
“I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.
“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

For sentimental reasons, I identify with the donkey in the Christmas Story. When I think about the donkey, I think about what a privilege it was to carry the Virgin Mary and the soon-to-be-born Jesus to the town of Bethlehem.  

Do you think the donkey had any idea how important this job was? That donkey was a part of God’s plan.  And so are you.

This Christmas season, who will you help along their journey? Will it be the single mother struggling to pay bills with no money for presents?  (Angel Tree) The family in need of new coats to keep warm? (Winter Warmth) Or a neighbor in need of a hot meal? (Meal Ministry)

Sometimes the best gift you can give is a helping hand.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to the needs around me, so that I might share my blessings with others. Give me the strength to help others on their journey. And help me remember we are all trying to get to the same destination. Amen.  

John Faris

About the Contributor

John Faris is currently serving as a Deacon and is co-chair of the Wednesdays at First Committee. His family is involved in the Boy and Girl Scout programs and Church League Basketball at FPCS.