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Monday, 28 December 2009

Christmas - a time for giving!

Xavier Williams General Secretary for the Pakistan Christian Congress and Lead Officer in Pakistan for the British Pakistani Christian Association reported on a scheme he devised to bring some Christmas Cheer to those usually forgotten.

"I and some colleagues went to the Adyala Jail, Rawalpindi and distributed gifts among the Christian prisoners, there were around 300 inmates."

This generous act took place on the 24th December 2009 and highlights what Christmas in about. Too often we get caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas and buying gifts for friends and families. Although there is nothing wrong with celebrating Christmas in this fashion, however, positive schemes such as giving to the poor and needy or to those who are captive, endears others to Christ and can often have a stabilising effect on the beliefs of a brother or sister, wrestling with the difficulties, we as humans regularly face.

We are all called to be good Samaritans and that extends to people outside our faith too and I hope next year to hear of other schemes which promote and wider inclusion in our celebrations next year.

God bless you all.

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