It’s that time of year, when the leaves fall from the trees, signaling winter is on the way. The smell of pumpkin pies waft through the air. The flag football game ends with a round of beers and good cheer. It’s also the time of year that we tend to open our hearts and our pocketbooks and look to ease the strain of those less fortunate. We enter the season of compassion.
The holidays can be a difficult time for some people; especially if someone we love has recently passed away. Or, perhaps someone we love has lost a job. Loss and holiday cheer are at opposite ends of the celebration spectrum.
Enter the Season of Compassion
Those of us with much are called to give to those with little.
- Might you have an extra seat around your dinner table, at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas? If so, invite a family member, or friend, who is going through a tough time. Let them know you love them. Show compassion.
- Might you have a few extra dollars in your wallet to purchase some food for your local food pantry? If so, feed the hungry. Let them know someone cares. Show compassion.
- Might you have some time to give of your talents that would lift another, restoring dignity? If so, donate your time to a worthy cause. Pay forward your God-given gifts. Show compassion.
These are just three suggestions for how you might robustly enter the season of compassion. I’m sure that you could add to this list of ideas. Please share them in the comments section. In the meantime, get busy and show compassion to others as you would want it shown to you.
Photography credit goes to Nick Lieto.
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