“…he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” Luke 1:53 (NRSV)
Under Grandma’s Christmas tree were piles of presents, including pajamas for all 10 grandchildren. We looked forward to leaving Grandma’s with those new, warm, colorful jammies; while Grandma’s house looked a little emptier and – perhaps –more in order.
By Christmas 2021, the church’s Angel Tree was full of gift cards and cash. Lots of families are going to be fed and clothed this new year; COVID has made generous and willing givers. Because of them, cows and chickens and seeds will be distributed through Lutheran World Relief. They will make such a difference for the poor in many countries being served by LWF. And the donors who contributed anonymously and simply gave? When the “hungry are filled with good things,” they are surely winners. But what of those who have willingly emptied themselves in generous giving?
Perhaps, their lives are more “in order”, too. For those who have given of their generosity, are they not the other half of the “win” in the dawning of peace and joy? Let us give thanks for those, for they have not been sent away “empty”.
Deaconess Diane Marten, McCordsville, IN