Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!!
I am going to keep this particular post short today, but I have ideas swirling in my head for a couple posts this week. This week I would like to spend some time on sharing my thoughts on intentional giving at Christmas and just plain learning to go without. This whole thing was sparked by seeing the Christmas Bells on the Angel Tree in the back of our church again. I have written about this before and my reaction each year gets stronger. As I see "bells" that list video games and bicycles, gifts that children who are "poor" in our country desire for Christmas, I am reminded that half a world away there are children who are orphaned, or sleep on dirt floors, or some that do not have food; these children want gifts so much more simple, so much more necessary than those in our own nation.
This idea was also sparked when a good friend shared this link from Ann Voskamp's blog. If you have not read it yet, please do so! It is thought provoking.
In the mean time, I am going to giveaway an "intentional gift."
This gift is a rosary bracelet made by women in China who are in crisis pregnancy and are praying for the chance to give their babies life! I will share more about this gift and other, good gifts you can give to others that will help others around the world later this week.
But, for now, leave a comment and tell me what sort of gifts you like to give at Christmas? Are there homemade gifts that you make for others to make giving a bit more meaningful? Are there companies that do good and you love to support. Share your thoughts and links below and earn entries to this giveaway!
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