Monday, 11 December 2017

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Your Daily Bread: Add donation to Christmas shopping list

By Terry Frisk

As I am writing this article, residents in Houston are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey; people in Puerto Rico are dealing with the devastation from both Hurricanes Irma and Maria; many Californians lost their homes due to fires. The American Red Cross reported that it, along with community and government partners, offered shelter to over 1.2 million people and provided 6.5 million meals for victims of the three hurricanes. WOW! These are numbers from just one relief organization.

There seems to be no shortage of disasters leaving people in need of help. In Idaho, we have been fortunate to avoid these types of catastrophic events. We should celebrate our good fortune by sharing with those victims who are not so fortunate. In Matthew 25:35-40, Jesus said:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (NIV)

Our brothers and sisters who are victims of these catastrophes still need our help. In addition, there will likely be more events requiring aid from relief organizations. It may even involve our community. This holiday season, prayerfully consider adding a donationto your Christmas shopping list to a charity supporting disaster relief or other organization that provides assistance to those in need. Don’t know which organization to donate to? There are a number of great charities to support, many of which are affiliated with religious organizations. Check with your church to see if they either sponsor endorsea relief organization. You can also obtain information about individual charities from such watchdog groups as Ministry Watch, GuideStar and Charity Navigator.

Christmas truly is the season for giving. God gave us the ultimate gift of salvation through His Son. As we celebrate Christ’s birth, share the abundance that God has given us by supporting those less fortunate. Your generosity will result in blessings both on earth and in Heaven. Have a joyous Christmas and pray for peace.

Terry Frisk is a partner in the firm B2B CFO, providing financial advisory services to small businesses. He also counsels individuals on personal financial matters through the Cathedral of the Rockies Budget Counseling ministry. He may be contacted through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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