At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. Luke 1:39-41, 56
The Fifth Gift of Christmas: Fellowship
Perhaps one of the most beautiful, often understated, pieces of the Christmas story is found at its beginning. When Mary learns of her heavenly charge, she travels to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. One of her very first acts of the celebration of this Messiah was that of fellowship.
Later in the story, as we read of shepherds and wise men and angels congregating at the stable to celebrate the King, the notion of togetherness and fellowship once again rings true. Jesus and His parents did not spend that first Christmas alone. They were surrounded by people who had stepped out in faith—together—to honor the promise God had just delivered.
It was a lasting trend. Christmas parties, family visits, candlelight services are abundant during the Holidays. Each function fosters an opportunity for us to connect—to fellowship in honor of our King.
Sadly, many people around the world don’t have the luxury of fellowship. Refugees on the run or in camps may not have the time, energy or opportunity to experience this season with others. You can help! By providing a vocational training class for people in need through the BGR Gift Catalog, you are not only blessing the recipients with a new opportunity to earn income; you are creating a space for people to come together—to learn together, succeed together. Most importantly, your act of generosity will help them experience the love of God together. God created us for relationships. As you celebrate yours, give others the opportunity to do the same.
Dear Lord, thank you for creating us all with the need and capacity to experience life with others. This season, I pray that family and social gatherings will be safe, meaningful, and full of joy. And I pray that I may be a small part of blessing others with the gift of fellowship.