Today is Giving Tuesday. A day set aside in 2012 to focus on the specific goal of bringing people together for a day of giving back. In this season of giving this should be our spirit throughout, but it is so easily lost in all the consumerism. Even this day can get lost among its neighbors - Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday. But Giving Tuesday is the most important of all.
Christmas is about giving. It's when we share the maxim that it is truly better to give than to receive. It's about giving gifts, about giving of ourselves to each other to share the greatest gift that we have all received. It's about that great gift that started with a child in a manger.
Giving Tuesday can be celebrated either by the giving of money or the giving of time. That's an important distinction. When we can get so caught up in stuff, we can forget that the greatest gift we can often give is our time. To those we love, to those in need, to those in our lives. Don't overlook time.
Also, please remember that Covid-19 has affected charities as much or more than many other organizations. For those that are able to give monetarily, please consider doing so out of an abundance. The need is great this year, and we can help meet it.
Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church reminds us that "God loves a cheerful giver." I cannot think of a greater way to spread Christmas cheer than to celebrate Giving Tuesday well and carrying that over into this entire season and beyond.