This time of year brings people together in so many different ways. You know Christmas is coming when you see decorations going up around town. Storefront windows have merry displays and Christmas music is being played. Of course, there is the wonderful sound of the Salvation Army bell ringing at your local stores, reminding us to think about giving to those in need. The Toys For Tots collection boxes start appearing and you can't help but think of others and how they could use a little Christmas cheer.
Students at Annapolis Area Christian School experience the joy of giving, as Bible and mentor groups join together to partner with the Walk The Walk Foundation to give gifts to families for Christmas. They also pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child and volunteer at Lighthouse Shelter in Annapolis and more. These generous acts of giving are what bring our school and community together.
It’s easy to get caught up in the ribbons and bows and the commercial side of the holiday season, but when you see how students, teachers, friends and families come together to give to others, it brings joy to all, especially the giver! This is a reflection of what God has done for us. His greatest gift to us happened one day, in the town of David when Jesus, our Savior was born. He is the Messiah, and Emmanuel. This story is told to us in the Bible in Luke 2. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) What a gift! What an inspiration. It is heart warming to know that the students of AACS are working together to show love and spread joy at Christmas time. I hope that it inspires others to give in any way through volunteering at a local shelter, giving tangibly or financially to an organization. This is what makes the season merry and bright! Have a Merry Christmas.
Written By: Misty McReady