Give all children the gift of Christmas
THIS week I was helping our youth club wrap shoe boxes with Christmas paper and fill them with gifts for children overseas.
This is for the Operation Christmas Child appeal when thousands of shoe boxes are sent to more than 100 countries to children who might otherwise not experience the wonderful gift of Christmas.
It is a great opportunity for children in this country (many of whom are untouched by the harsher realities of life) to understand that some children have very little indeed.
It may also be a first experience of faith-in-action, of giving to an unknown other or to someone from a very different place and seeking no reward or pay-back. This is a chance to educate our children in the values that most people (of most faiths and beliefs) would want to see as part of our education system: Do to others what you hope they would do for you and share what we have.
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Children who receive the shoe boxes, are also invited to local churches to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ.
Because of this, there are some people who accuse the Christian charities that do this work of manipulation or blackmail.
However, it is important to know that the shoe boxes are not conditional on any response or requirement and the invitation to hear an explanation of the "reason for the season" is offered without manipulation or coercion.
I am saddened that Christianity (like many other faiths and beliefs) has a dark history of abuse and oppression, which people can find it difficult to get beyond.
It is not only about what Christians do but why they do it, which must be weighed in the balance.
When I send my shoe box away I trust that the charity will deal with children sensitively and blamelessly, as I hope I would if I were there to give it to them myself.
Christians believe that the "good news" is the best gift of all and it can only be good news if it is appropriately delivered.