Today is Christmas Eve. It is the day before we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Now, some may argue that we don’t really know when He was born. We don’t even know the year, let alone the specific day. It does not matter when he was born. (To be honest, the Catholic Church decided that December 25th was the day in the fourth century. They usurped the Roman pagan holiday of “Saturnalia”.) We celebrate His birth; that’s all that matters.
It was Tony’s turn to drive the van this day. He arrived shortly after 8 A.M. and brought a helping hand. Together the two of them worked the back of the van, handing out lunch items to the large crowd that arrived today. Today was a busy day. This was Wednesday. Wednesday, the people from the Life Community Church arrive to serve breakfast items. They had yogurt, fruit, and other cosmetic items along with some warm clothing.
I spent the morning talking to the people, along with gathering a few signatures for our daily ledger. Most were very pleasant when I asked them “Well, so, what are your plans for tomorrow? How do you plan to spend Christmas?” It was my intention to write a short blurb about the Christmas time and this is it.
Let me see; the responses from the people that I talked to, and those were but a small sample of the almost 60 people that showed up today, were basically as follows:
Clyde told me that he plans to read the newspaper tomorrow. He is deeply interested in the computer security issues and is concerned about internet security. He actually told me about his impressions of how the internet transmitted data and how insecure the internet transmissions were. He prefers to buy by old fashioned mail order, not use the internet but to send postal money orders. So, tomorrow is “paper” day for Clyde. He wants his news the old fashioned way too, by a newspaper.
Tino mentioned that he was going to spend time with his grandchildren. He was going to play with them. That is a general aspiration that most people have; to spend time with family on Christmas. Still, he is coming to help out with the van service tomorrow, Christmas.
Kern said that what he was doing is a “secret” and did not wish to share.
ScottE was going to the Methodist church for their Christmas meal. He was going to pass out toys to the 7 to 12 year old kids from 11am to 1pm. While he was not going to dress up in a red suit, it was still a good feeling and he has done it for the past few years.
Donny said that he had purchased a toy car for his grand-daughter. It was remote controlled and he was going to let her ride in it while he controlled the car from afar. It was going to be great fun watching her turn the wheel and the car to behave under his control.
Rick came dressed in a brand new jacket. He obtained it from a second hand store where he bartered the price down to $0.00. It fit well, looked good, and should be warm enough even for this cold weather that is typical in our area at the end of December.
Nick, who arrives late because he is serve breakfast where he lives, stated that it was going to be the same as the last three weeks, no different between Christmas and every other day of the year.
Lest we remember that Christ was born poor. He was born in a mangier; not in a mansion; not in a palace. He was wrapped in plain cloth, not spun with gold. The people who found him first were shepherds. Shepherds were the poorest people in that society. They were the homeless. They were the wanderers. Yet, they were the fist to recognize Him. They were the first to appreciate Him. Let us appreciate the poor at this time of the year. Let us celebrate the birth of Christ; even if if Christ was not born in December.