Give & Take
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In the early 1980s I realized that Christmastime could be used for more than the commercialized holiday. I had time off from work because my employer would generally close for two weeks around the holidays. I started first creating special activities with family members and friends. This developed into acts of charity, such as going as a group to feed the needy at homeless shelters, adopting a child or a whole family, or giving away baskets to seniors. As my family grew, we began sharing family time together with others less fortunate. For me, Christmastime is about family and charity.
—A. M. Jones, Charlotte, North Carolina
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” —Luke 2:14, KJV
No Other Name
Jesus! The only name that’s given,
Through which salvation we may claim;
This, this alone, we breathe to Heaven,
For God accepts no other name.
No other name when skies are bright.
And sunshine glows on field and flower;
No other name when, dark as night,
The heavy clouds tempestuous lower.
No other name when, drooping low,
O’er burdened by sin’s heavy load,
The contrite spirit pines to know
The way to hope, to Heaven, to God.
No other name when, like a flood,
Temptations beat upon the soul;
Faith, breathing that one name to God,
The raging billows shall control.
In peace or conflict, toil or rest,
In wealth or want, in praise or blame,
Still wear it graven on thy breast,
And, dying, plead no other name!
—Pamelia S. Vining Yule (1826-1897)
Submitted by Walter Keyombe, Kenya