DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I almost hate Christmas, because we always end up spending far more than we intended, and it takes months to pay off our credit cards. Every year, we ask God to help us spend less, but we never do. Would you have some suggestions? — N.S.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
I hope you’ll seriously consider including your aunt in your Christmas celebration again this year. You mention that she’s alone and you seldom see her; refusing to invite her will only add to her feelings of isolation and bitterness.
What if you and your family were starving because of a severe drought, but the mission agency that had helped you in the past had been forced to leave the country because they didn’t have the finances?
Jesus Christ came into the world to save all kinds of people, rich and poor, influential and insignificant, brilliant and ordinary. He did this by setting aside heaven’s glory, and humbly identifying himself with our suffering and sin.
When we leave God out of our lives, an empty place is left in our hearts that nothing else can fill. We may try to fill it with entertainment, alcohol, drugs, relationships, money, power, and so forth, but that empty space will remain.