“I pray this message for all those who come to Christmas thinking they do not have enough to give — Caught in a consumer culture that shames them if they cannot afford to buy all they feel they should.
Hear the healing word of God: what you have to give cannot be bought.
Your most precious gifts are the same ones Jesus gave to you.
Give your time to those who need you.
Give forgiveness to those who hurt you.
Give your love to all around you.
You are the gift of God. You are the reason Jesus came and was born a poor child, and gave not as the world gives but gave as only a generous spirit can give, the true Spirit of Christmas.”
- The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Assistant Bishop, Ethnic and Multicultural Missioner, The Episcopal Church Diocese of California
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