Happy Box­ing Day

The Covington News - - Religion - Lisa Het­zel Re­li­gion Colum­nist

Did your cal­en­dar come with preprinted hol­i­days? Mine did. When I flipped it to De­cem­ber, I came across an un­fa­mil­iar event: Dec. 26, Box­ing Day. A lit­tle dig­ging and I dis­cov­ered that it has noth­ing to do with the sport of box­ing. It’s all about giv­ing.

Here’s what I found in an In­ter­net re­source called Wikipedia: “Box­ing Day is a pub­lic hol­i­day in the United King­dom, Canada, New Zealand and Aus­tralia and coun­tries in the Com­mon­wealth of Na­tions with a mainly Chris­tian pop­u­la­tion. It is based on the tra­di­tion of giv­ing gifts to the less for­tu­nate mem­bers of so­ci­ety.”

What a neat idea. I know, it sounds just like what we have been do­ing this past month. Giv­ing trees, canned food bar­rels and cloth­ing drives have graced our com­mu­nity. I didn’t think that I had any­thing else to give un­til this morn­ing, when I heard my­self say­ing, “I don’t know where to put all of this stuff.” My son wasn’t sure that new in­ven­tory of toys would fit on his shelves. Later, when I reached for a towel in our linen closet, I was greeted by an avalanche of blan­kets. Hm­mmm….Maybe I could look one more time to see if there’s any­thing to give.

We live in a land of abun­dance. Even dur­ing th­ese un­cer­tain times, many of us have plenty of stuff and then some. Poverty is not sea­sonal. It’s a con­tin­ual need. I’m go­ing to let Box­ing Day kick off a new tra­di­tion. Each time that I re­ceive a gift or treat, I’m go­ing to see if there’s some­thing that I can do­nate.

Lord, thank you for the count­less bless­ings that you’ve be­stowed. Teach me how to have a gen­er­ous heart like yours.

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