Hey Refuge Long Beach Family!
This is Ben Biscoe, Refuge Long Beach Intern.
The “holiday” time of year is a time for family.
As we remember the birth of Jesus at this time, family conversations often lead to our own birth and upbringing. For some of us this brings great joy, and for others, great sorrow.
I was once sat across a table from an amazingly humble elderly German lady in a Christmas church gathering. We all shared around the table about what Christmas means to us. When it got around to her turn she broke down in tears.
It completely flipped the atmosphere on its head as everyone else who had gone before her had shared merry memories of family, and times of great cheer.
Having never married with no immediate family, and living in a foreign land, Christmas was a difficult time for her.
But…she did run a Children’s nursery, and her joy over the Christmas season was to live out of a place of RADICAL GENEROSITY!
I regarded her as one of the most generous people in the room, and it made me think of this verse in Acts:
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus Himself, who said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35.
Receiving at this time of year has almost become an expectation. In the majority of our cultures, we are surrounded by great luxuries. We always seem to be able to ‘grow’ a wish-list for presents, even though those things are not necessities and often won’t fulfill us after we’ve received them.
My prayer is for us to live from a place of radical generosity this Christmas. That we live for a God who is more than enough for us, and has already provided everything we will ever need.
Ben Biscoe, Refuge Long Beach Intern