Earlier this week, a member of Bedford Presbyterian Church sent me this link to a You Tube video by the Advent Conspiracy – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqqj1v-ZBU&feature=share.
The video hit home.
Because, even though supporting causes and programs that practice compassion in a complicated world has always been a part of our Christmas gift giving, I love thinking about and buying or making gifts for those whom I love. And, I love sitting in the front room of our home on Christmas morning and watching as gifts are given and received. But I think next year I will practice giving “one less gift” and instead set aside that money to buy food or provide shelter or build a home or something. And, I will encourage others to do the same.
All decisions about how we spend our money are important.
And, all contributions that meet the basic needs of others matter.
But equally as important is my own mindfulness;
My own paying attention;
To what I believe is the real meaning of the season.