The Pastor's Corner
“This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
1 John 4:10.
It was the Christmas season and though we were busy with the usual gift buying and card sending, we wanted to make it something special for someone that might not normally find the season a special time.
In our small community was a Muslim family from Afghanistan. The family had five or six children that came to our children's ministry activities (Pathfinders, Adventurers, VBS) regularly. And while the immediate family was open to Christian friendship, their relatives and Muslim friends were quite opposed to their mingling with “Christian infidels.”
We felt called to somehow share the joy and love of this Christian event with this family but were uncertain when and how to do so without risking the intervention of their relatives.
Finally we decided to give them gifts anonymously, that way they would not know who to return them too, or to tell that they could not accept them.
We selected gifts for each child and for the family in general. Then carefully we wrapped each gift and placed it in a large box.
Late on Christmas Eve we quietly placed the large gift box in front of the family's door, rang the doorbell and slipped away into the night’s shadows.
When the door opened and the box of gifts was discovered there were exclamations of joy and wonder by all the children. Quickly the box was pulled inside while the older children looked around into the darkness trying to find the giver or givers of this box.
Though they never knew who gave them the gifts, it was evident by their smiles and happiness during the next several weeks, that they had felt the love and joy of the season, God's concept of giving and sharing love unconditionally and often anonymously to all His creation.