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Development News - Fall Update

What's the Meaning of All This?

Dan Wolf

Development Director, Peoria Rescue Ministries

As we are starting to near the Christmas season this year, I find myself pondering the genuine meaning of this season. I am wondering what transformation is in store when we live into the spiritual truth of this season: “Unto us, a child is born.”

In the Gospel stories, the writers remind us that joy can come in unexpected places and small packages when things seem darkest. Can you imagine what would happen if we opened ourselves to the possibility that Christmas is not an event that occurs only in December or 2,000 years ago in Palestine? Christmas happens as we open to the possibility of hope, when we live in the understanding of peace, and when we give love.

At our core, the disciples said, “We are one in God’s love.” It’s a view of unconditional love that defines Christ quite well. How could our lives be different if we lived out the truth of that very Love that Christ himself showers each of us with every day of our lives?

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As Christians, God calls us to love Him and others. One of those ways we express love is by our generosity. But what does generosity from a Biblical standpoint mean? A lot of times, how we view things is not exactly what the Bible says. The majority of the time, when we hear that word, we automatically think “money.” It’s true generously giving our money is certainly something God calls us to do, and we can see that plainly in scripture. But you don’t have to be rich to be generous.

I think that deserves repeating. You don’t have to be rich to be generous. It’s not about the amount you give; it’s about the willingness to provide as much as you can. There is more to it, though. I believe that generosity doesn’t just start with opening the pocketbook. But it begins with an open heart and a deep connection with God. Kindness in its most natural state is just giving. It’s giving of yourself, whether it’s your time, love, money, work, etc.

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One of the attributes of God’s nature, one aspect of love, we could say, is its generosity or abundance. Jesus didn’t just feed the five thousand people in the crowd; he generously provided for them. The leftover food was sufficient to be gathered up and put to good use so that none of that blessing would be wasted.

You see, it is God’s nature that I am to put on during my time here on earth as a disciple of Jesus. (2 Peter 1:3-4) This generosity born of love can also become a part of our nature.

The joy of Christmas is that Christ’s birth happens all the time, every minute of every day. Suppose each of us will live into the invitational truth to live as followers of Jesus, living lives filled with joy, generosity, and love. We can and should be the light of this world.

Joy to the world, the Savior is here and has been here all along.

Dan Wolf, Development Director


Dan Wolf

Development Director, Peoria Rescue Ministries


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