So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Matthew 6:2 NIV

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Giving to the Poor

In January of this year, Second Harvest, a national service that rescues food that might otherwise end up in landfills and redistributes it to those in need, forecast that food banks and other programs serving vulnerable Canadians would serve 60 per cent more people per month this year than in 2022. That year saw a 124 per cent increase in people using non-profit food services. The organization expected that over eight million Canadians would access food banks per month in 2023.

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Today is Boxing Day, a day of enjoying gifts opened yesterday, family activities and eating leftovers – if there are any! Historically, Boxing Day is a day when the poor are remembered, and gifts are given to them. This is the day for which the carol Good King Wenceslas was written. It is the story of a Czech king who goes on a journey, braving harsh winter weather, to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen, the day after Christmas. Followers of Jesus are called to be generous to those who have little. Jesus calls us to this in Matthew 6:2: “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Notice that Jesus just assumes that His followers will be generous to those who are needy. He doesn’t say if you give to the needy – He says when you do. It is a proven fact that Christians give more to charity than non-believers. On this Boxing Day, and every day, be generous in helping those less fortunate.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley