Compelled to Give
by Hanne Fellers
December is so many things. It can be extra busy with finals, extra holiday activities such as plays and events, gift shopping, decorating and more. But December is also such a month of joy, festivities and family. My heart feels many different things in December. I often reflect on the year. It’s a time of reminiscing and thanking God for His continued blessings. Feeling grateful to not be doing this work alone, but to work in partnership with Him who holds our souls.
I love the holidays. From being a young girl, I always had a thing for lights, candles, colored strings of lights, big lamps and chandeliers. So of course I loved christmas trees. I asked my parents over and over when we could finally set-up the christmas tree. I remember listening to christmas music, drinking hot cocoa, eating yummy meals, going to church and receiving presents. I have such fond memories of the holidays. I still look forward to it even as an adult.
My heart also feels heavy for the people all around me who don’t have a loving home to be in during the holidays. There are many who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. There are many who are hurting from loss of loved ones. And yes, there are many enslaved, children forced to do unspeakable things.
Although I know how to enjoy my holiday, I can’t help but feel like I have a responsibility to care, give, do something for someone in need. This season I am compelled to give, financially, yes, but also of my time, and taking the time to listen to someone.
I often think of the scripture that says: “Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me.” (Matt 25:40). Passion Translation (TPT)
I love that many give extra during this season. Would you consider giving not just during this season, but giving to ZOE monthly? We need your help now more than ever in this work so that we can continue to rescue children and bring healing and restoration.
Thank you to all our faithful supporters. We hope and pray you all have a wonderful holiday season.