“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.“ (Luke 2:10, NIV)
Sunday I shared that I believe in Christmas because I believe in the love of God. Another reason I believe: I believe in the goodness of God.
We’ll be talking about that Sunday, but I want you to see something first.
That word “joy” is the Greek word charas. It is closely associated to another Greek word charis. Charis means gift. It is the same word from which we get charismatic – those of us who believe in the use of spiritual gifts.
Charas and charis go hand-in hand, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand why. You’ll see it this Christmas when your kids tear through wrapping paper: Gifts bring joy. Charas leads to charis. The angels tell the shepherds that God’s gift of his Son, the Savior, brings great joy.
I love this season of giving because, in its truest form, it exemplifies the heart of God and his generosity. God is good.
If you are looking to bring joy to a family in need this season, reach out to a New Life staff member, call (940) 458-3310, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are always families in need who could use a hand.
God bless you this Christmas season!