miss this. Christmas in a Red Bag
(CRB) has become one of the best ways I keep Christmas in perspective. It is so easy to turn a season that is
definitively about giving into a season all about getting. Christmas sometimes comes with a dark
side of attitudes of entitlement and expectations about what we “should”
get. We even at time have the
audacity to turn our nose up at certain gifts and celebrate others. We have become drunk with getting
stuff. I would encourage…no, I
would challenge you to not allow Christmas to become all about you. CRB is one way to do this.
Christmas at Highpoint Church, single parents are nominated for you to
adopt. You take their names, their
wish list and hit the stores. Once you’ve shopped (channel your inner Santa),
you personally deliver the gifts big Red Bags to your adopted family and help
these amazing single moms and dads win!
Instead of being consumed by what you want or what you hope to get you
can focus on making Christmas for someone else a memory they cherish for life. I
SO believe it is the place of Christians to support and come alongside single
parents as one way to apply the teaching of James 1:27 “Religion that God
our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and
widows in their distress…”
every single mom is a widow and not every child in a single parent home feels
like an orphan but the call to compassion and for those in distress is
clear. My prayer is that these big
Red Bags become a symbol all across our city of a “pure, faultless and
acceptable religion.” I pray the fame of the Generous Heavenly Father is
displayed with every gift we give.
I pray that we become consumed with being a blessing to others. What if
a few Red Bags could bring the real Christmas back.
you would like to get involved visit www.highpointmemphis.com/redbag.
hope this makes sense. AS