Well, it’s nearly Christmas time now. Just one week to go. And Christmas is a time when parrots can have great fun around the house. I can really let my crest down and do exciting things such as climbing up the Christmas Tree or swinging upside-down on the strings of Christmas lights. And when no one is looking, I can go and eat all of the berries off the holly that the humans have hung up in the hallway. Happy days!
But of course, Christmas isn’t always such a happy occasion for everyone around us. In fact, it can be a very difficult time for the poor, the hungry, and the homeless. The elderly, the lonely and the sick. And that’s where, as Christians, we all need to rally around. To think about others, and help where we can.
A few years ago, I heard the wonderful story of a young local family who decided not to give or receive any Christmas presents amongst themselves. Instead, the four of them went to a supermarket, and used all of the money that they would have spent on one another, to buy food and essentials which they then donated to the local Foodbank. Whether they knew it or not, it was a wonderful act of selfless love that Jesus would have applauded.
We all have the potential to do something for those in need around us. As for me, I took pity on the garden Robin who was shivering outside my window. I invited him in to sit on my perch and warm himself up. One tiny act, but something that made a real difference. Multiply that a thousand times, and just think what could be achieved. Which is why the Bible has so much to say on this subject:
“Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4
“So then, while we have the opportunity, let’s do good to all people…..” Galatians 6:10a
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2