Dec. 17: An Interfaith Gesture at Christmas

Many years ago, Albert Rosen, a Jewish salesman in Milwaukee, decided to help a Christian better enjoy Christmas.

Rosen called the local newspapers and offered to fill in, without pay, for any Christian who was scheduled to work on Christmas Eve.  He explained, “I see so many unfortunate people who aren’t able to be with their families on Christmas Eve.”

After receiving about a dozen calls, Albert decided to relieve a bartender who hadn’t been home on Christmas Eve in nine years.  Everyone experienced a happier holiday than expected.

The holiday season should be a time when faith and generosity abound.  But we shouldn’t just give material gifts; we should give of ourselves.  Let’s express our religious beliefs and concern for others through concrete, constructive action.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  (Matthew 6:19-21)

Nurture in me a spirit of selfless giving, Yahweh.

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