As I write this devotion, it is the season of Advent. People bustle about decorating their homes, entertaining family and friends, and hunting for perfect gifts to give. Like many grandparents, I wanted to find just the right gift for our granddaughter. I consulted my daughter, who in turn asked her daughter what she wanted for Christmas. Her response was wise beyond her years. This little girl stated that she didn’t want anything because she already had everything she needed.
As a retired teacher, I knew a teachable moment when I saw it. Luckily, as a Lutheran living in Canada, I was able to find a gift for my granddaughter through Canadian Lutheran World Relief-a gift that could make social justice tangible for a two-and-a-half year old.
Along with a few other presents, our granddaughter received a gift card bearing a picture of a flock of chickens. It represents the gift she has given to a family in need somewhere in the world. The flock will help to feed a family that doesn’t have everything they want or need. It’s an important lesson to learn. I have to wonder who was teaching whom?
Lord, help us to share what we have with others. Amen. — CKA