Christmas Countdown: Day 7

Dear Lord,

You know how much I love A Christmas Carol.  I don’t know why it’s called that, really, since it doesn’t have a lot to do with singing, but I love it anyway.

Tonight I pray for charity.

Not the kind of charity that mindlessly gives things away or a charity that frames receipts of all “generous” gifts given.  Instead, please give me a charity that gives intentionally and freely.  Help me to plan ways to give and help me to give whenever spontaneous things spontaneously happen–You know everything, Lord . . . every opportunity You’ve given me to give . . and every time I’ve withheld.

Make my charity like Ebenezer Scrooge’s on Christmas morning.  I want to see Your world through eyes of love, to hear it through ears of hope, to participate in it with thankful hands and feet.  I don’t want to give out of obligation or penance.  I want to give so I don’t burst from the fullness of the Gift You’ve given me.

I want to be Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of the book, only, I recognize I have so much more that’s been forgiven me, so much more charity to share with anyone who holds out empty hands.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.