Congratulations to the new World Series Champion, our very own Houston Astros! What a memorable and incredible baseball season! Who would’ve thought that after the Dodgers tied the series in game 6, that we would’ve come back in game 7 to win it all? Not many people, including I, thought we had much of a chance! But here we are, Champions of the World!
We pray that all of our readers had a great Thanksgiving weekend with family and loved ones. Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is fast upon us. I know lots of you have already finished your Christmas shopping, either online or on Black Friday. I personally have always been a last minute shopper. I find that the closer to Christmas Day it is, the better the deals.
While presents, music, and material gifts are great, let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas marks the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Somehow, a lot of that has been forgotten by all except the faithful in this day and age.
One truth that I have discovered is that giving is truly better than receiving. I can’t remember but a few gifts that I have received in my life, but I can remember a lot of gifts that I’ve given; not to people that could afford to return the kindness, but to the people who could not. I remember one year, when I was a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church, my Sunday School class adopted a poor Hispanic family that had nothing. No electricity, very little food, and not much hope.
We knew that they had two young girls, probably around six and seven years in age. My church and I pooled together our resources and bought them clothes and other gifts. I vividly recall the way their beautiful brown eyes lit up with immense joy when they received their gifts. Their father cried and said to all of us, “Thank you.” He had no means to repay us, nor did we want him to.
Happiness driven by material objects is fleeting, but the happiness sourced from selflessness and love will stick with you forever. Remember, God gave us his Son on the first Christmas out of a love that none of us can fathom. Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
Joseph R. Menslage
Katy Christian Magazine