For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
— Psalm 72:12–13
A part of my family’s Advent tradition is to have everyone choose a name off the giving tree in the back of our parish church. The kids enjoy trying to find someone their age and maybe with similar interests. It is always eye-opening to me to see their reactions when they see those on the tree asking for basic things, rather than the latest, greatest toys. Sometimes, as parents, it is best to step back and let our kids come to those epiphanies on their own.
How does it make you feel when you are able to provide a gift for someone who may not have gotten one otherwise?
Lord, help us remain aware of those who are struggling during this time of year. Remind us how blessed we are.
Have each person in your family select a name from your parish’s giving tree and use their own money to buy the gift. Or, have everyone choose a charity and either use their own money or raise funds to buy something to help that organization. For instance, you could buy diapers for a local outreach to parents, or dog food or toys for the local animal shelter.