It's sad that Thanksgiving is already over, but I'm glad that Christmas is around the corner. I've been rocking out to Christmas music in my car. The other night I turned the radio on and the song "My grown up Christmas list" was playing. Now, this song has never really affected me until now. If you aren't familiar with this song, you should really listen to it.
It is sung by many artists, but I think I was listening to the Michael Buble version. (Anything that he sings is amazing!) He is basically singing about the fact that his Christmas list has changed from his childhood. Now that he is grown up, he wishes for unselfish things. He wishes for things like no lives torn apart, right always winning, friends for everyone, and no more wars. He has become more concerned with the well-being of others.
This song made me think about some of the students that I have taught and met while at Judson. Perry and Bibb County are very low income, and it affects the children the worst. I see it a lot in the schools, and I always want to do something to fix it. I'm very thankful that I attend a school that strives to help their community. Being active in our faith-based service and learning has allowed me to really care for others.
Susan Jones, the director of faith-based service and learning, is amazing! She does a great job organizing community service projects and events. Around this time of the year, we have a day when local children can come and decorate Christmas ornaments and meet Santa. This is usually on a Saturday. We also make Christmas boxes for local children. These plastic boxes include all sorts of items. (hair bows, socks, small toys, toothbrushes, etc.) We are instructed to spend no more than 10 dollars, but sometimes you can't help but get a little spending happy.
Judson provides many ways for us to give back and make a difference. Isn't that what this holiday season is about? Christmas is a time for us to celebrate Jesus being born into the world, so that he would one day give his life for us. He gave his life to change the world, and all we have to do is give a little time and a few dollars.