Today is Boxing Day, celebrated every December 26th by the British and the Canadians. And no, it has nothing to do with actual boxing! These days it has lots to do with shopping and finding the best deals, much like the American Black Friday.
There are many ideas about its origins but most agree that it began as St. Stephen’s Day when gifts were given to the poor. Its name could have something to do with the Alms Box at the back of churches, emptied and distributed on this day. The carol, Good King Wenceslas, was written by John Mason Neale in 1853 about a King in the 10th century who gives food to a poor family on St. Stephen’s Day. The song concludes with, “Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.”
This same idea is found in today’s verse. Those who are generous find themselves lacking nothing. Conversely, those who are stingy and do not share their wealth with the poor can find themselves in need. Not only before the holidays begin but also the day after Christmas is an opportune moment to be thinking about those who are less fortunate. After opening the huge pile of presents, there is often the problem of where to put it all! We find that cupboards, closets, and garages are already full.
There is so much joy in giving! And what I have experienced over the years is that God always provides for my needs. The more I give to others, the more I experience His blessing! The Lord continually surprises me!
Thank you Lord, that there is no “outgiving” You!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post from December 2016)