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Christmas in a Red Bag

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Don’t 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.   

 

Every 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…”  

 

Not 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.  

 

If you would like to get involved visit www.highpointmemphis.com/redbag.  
I hope this makes sense. AS

Posted by Andy Savage at 2:43 PM
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