Then be someone else’s miracle. In fact let me propose the following:
- Stop praying for what you need, pray for God to help others.
- Have you gone through pain and suffering? Seek out someone who is suffering and be a blessing to them.
- Are you lonely and depressed? Get out of the house and volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.
- Have you lost your job? There may be others worse off, see if you can offer a helping hand.
- Have you been stricken with an illness or disease? Go out and help others with illness and disease as best you can.
You see my friends great purpose comes out of pain. When you are looking for blessings, be a blessing to others. When you are hoping and praying for a miracle, you must first be a miracle to others. God will answer your prayers and provide you with many blessings but we need to take the first step. We need to step outside of our comfort zone, seek out strangers that are in need, be a comfort to an elderly person, help a co-worker you may not even know.
Take a leap of faith, get away from the traditional volunteer services. Be a comfort, a blessing and a miracle to others when no one else is around, when there are no accolades to be had, when you are helping for helping’s sake. I can tell you this with conviction my friends, when you stop praying for yourself and you pray for everyone else, God will answer your own prayers.
What should you give your friends and family for Christmas? Give Christmas away. Promote joy, love and kindness; have mercy and forgiveness in your heart. You need not give anything for Christmas, but be right in your heart.
‘Tis the day before the day before Christmas and I was up late into the night thinking of how to promote the spirit of the season.
Oh and then it came to me! Why don’t we tie a red ribbon around our wrists, if you celebrate Hanukkah tie a blue ribbon around your wrist. In fact folks the color of the ribbon is not significant, what is significant is the meaning behind the ribbon. What is this ribbon meant to signify? We tend to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in large groups of friends and family. There should be only joy, love and peace on these days. Unfortunately there is some negativity that creeps in somehow. Therefore I propose the following: tie a ribbon around your wrist, if you can, tie a ribbon around your friends and family (I mean their wrists of course silly). Make sure that you wear your ribbon.
- The ribbon will remind you to have love, faith and hope in your heart, not only at Christmas but throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you to say a kind word and give a compliment to every single person you come across, now and throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you to immediately stop yourself from any negative thoughts, now and throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you to immediately stop yourself from making any negative comments to anyone, now and throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you that if anyone should be cruel to you you will turn the other cheek, pray for them, now and throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you not to engage in any gossip, now and throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you that even if you are tired to help your friends and family as much as your body can muster, now and throughout the whole year.
- The ribbon will remind you to keep the Christmas spirit, now and throughout the whole year.
The ribbon may seem a bit silly to some of you my friends, but a beautiful ribbon tied to your wrist may be all that we need to keep love in our hearts. We are all only human and we can be naughty at times, but maybe a glance at that simple ribbon will remind you, your friends and your family to promote only love and kindness to those people around you now and throughout the whole year.
Psalms 1:103-8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.