Every Christmas season we are faced with the temptation to become consumers and hoard more and more stuff for our loved ones and ourselves. And by the time the season is over, “the most wonderful time of the year” has become “the most stressful time of the year.” Why stressful? The stress of money to buy what everyone wants, or what we think they want; the stress of time to go to every party, every event, decorate, shop, cook, plan, make sure everything is perfect so that we can “enjoy” these holy days. It’s no wonder people feel empty or stressed out when they focus on external things rather than the most important person – Jesus.
At LOFT City this year, we are challenging our people to fight against this consumerist mentality and instead make a difference in the life of a family this Christmas season. We’ve introduced to our community what we have called “Christmas Conspiracy.”
[pl_blockquote]The Christmas Conspiracy is all about spending less on Christmas gifts in order to give more to those that are in need, thereby loving them the way God intended us to. This allows us to worship fully the One that sent His only Son to be born in a manager for the salvation of mankind. Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All.[/pl_blockquote]
Through one of teachers who attend our church, we were recently introduced to a nine year old young lady that has been diagnosed with leukemia and also is dealing with diabetes. Her pancreas is enflamed and she has trouble eating. It’s a very delicate situation for her. She is a former student of this teacher. I had the opportunity to go spend an hour with this young lady in the hospital.
She is one of four kids (ages 13,9, 7 and 1). Her dad does yard work but hasn’t been working since the daughter has been in the hospital. Mom is at home taking care of the one year old. They are going through an incredibly hard season full of stress, worry and questions.
We want to conspire to bless this family in a tangible way this season so that they are reminded that there is a good God whose eyes are on them and cares for them. Because of your faithful giving, we had funds available to help cover the balance of their rent for this month.
We want to go even further with this family. For the next eight weeks we will be collecting funds so that we can love this family the way Jesus would love them. Our prayer is that as this family takes care of their precious daughter and other children, the last thing they have to worry about are their finances.
What do we HOPE to do? If we are able to raise enough funds, we want to:
- Buy all the children Christmas presents this year.
- Take care of diapers and baby needs for a few months.
- Cover their rent through the winter season when work is slow for the dad.
- Provide some extra money for food and expenses.
We want to invite you to join us in on this conspiracy of spending less and giving more, so that this family will be pointed toward a good God this season. I’m reminded of the words of the Apostle John, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (I John 3:17-18).
You can choose to mail in your donations to LOFT City Church, 525 West Arapaho Road, Suite 30, Richardson, TX 75080.