If Christmas giving is a feast of mutual delight in exchange of gifts within the circle of family or friends, how do we reconcile this with a world of massive and unrelenting need?
Croatian born theologian Miroslav Wolf reflects that the son of God did not dwell among humans just to open our eyes to the intimate relationships of the trinity but also so that 'the fragile flesh of humanity could be taken up into God’s embrace'.
Please reflect on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9 - a rather unusual passage for Christmas time!
'At Christmas we should celebrate two kinds of gift giving, not just one. Christmas should be a feast of reciprocal giving in a circle of intimates, a provisional enactment of the advent of God’s future world. But it should also be a feast of giving to those outside the circle, a small contribution helping to align the world of sin and need with the coming world of love.'
“For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich”.
(2 Corinthians 8:9)
§ That God will give all of us a generous heart - not only at Christmas and not only to family and friends.
§ For the development of the Micah Challenge Blow the halftime whistle campaign plans.
o Various working groups have been formed and will start their work in the next weeks. Please pray for God's wisdom and good communication between Micah Challenge coordinators across the world.
o For National campaigns as they contextualise international plans for their own contexts.
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we will include each week (see below). We are hoping that you will find this series of statistics a useful reference in preparing presentations.
Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.
Target 4: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and to all levels of education no later than 2015
'In only 10 of 30 developing countries surveyed did 50 per cent or more of women participate in all household decisions, including those regarding major household spending, their own health care or their visits to friends or relatives outside the home.'
Source: State of the World’s Children 2007, UNICEF December 2006
Yours in Christ,
Regine, Jill and Michael
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