Worth Dying For

We have almost arrived at the crazy and wonderful time known as the Christmas season when there are so many great decorations to see, wonderful music to listen to, and great movies to watch like Christmas Vacation.  People are bundled up and sipping warm apple cider while watching amazingly decorated floats in the parade.  There are so many cookies and baked goods that eating one more could make your stomach explode.  Building a snowman, having snow ball fights, and going down a hill sledding are truly fun parts of what make the Christmas season such a joy with family and friends.  In the midst of all this joy and celebration, depression lurks its ugly head.

Did you know that the suicide rate goes up during Christmas?  People get lonelier because they have nobody to celebrate with or no home to celebrate at.  This is where the season of giving comes into full effect.  Christ came into this world born as a baby to grow up and give his life to mankind so that we will not perish but have everlasting life.  This is the meaning of Christmas.  Jesus, our Savior, born in order to die and give life to all who believe.  Peter, the apostle, says to Jesus that I will die for you but Jesus says to Peter that I want you to live for me.  This was so powerful.  We should be living for Jesus and helping others live for Jesus too.  I am so thankful for all the churches in the country.  There are so many people without food, clothing, and shelter but many churches provide all that for people without expecting anything in return.  To live for Christ is to help one another.  I know times are tough economically, but helping people is such a key to life.

I’ve seen so many great things people do during Christmas.  They volunteer at the food bank or a soup kitchen and serve and prepare food to people who have no home coming in from the cold.  Many people clean out their house and donate all sorts of warm clothing for people living outside in the cold.  There are numerous shelters for people to sleep at in which people volunteer their time and energy to make the place comfortable.  It is incredible to see during Christmas, but it should not stop there.  We should be helping out like this all year round with the same intensity and energy.

The suicide rate should go down and not up during Christmas because helping people is such a great thing to live for.  You don’t get lonely because you are always around people that you are helping.  You don’t think about suicide because it is a great feeling to help somebody.  Christ came into this world born as a child and died on the cross because Christ knew that people were worth dying for.  I hope people who want to know and believe in Christ and all the people who already believe live full lives because Christ is worth living for.

God’s peace,
Stan

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