Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Only 44 Shoping Days Left!

Do you ever get tired of the commercialism  of Christmas? The constant advertising, the crowded stores and that which I dread the most, the stress of finding a gift for that person on your list who has everything. Over the past couple of years it seemed like everyone on my list had begun to fall into that category and I was just buying stuff that they neither wanted or needed... Ever since I was a little girl one of my favorite Christmas songs was Amy Grant's Grown Up Christmas List (re-done by Plus One in 2002 as "A Prayer For Every Year"). Anyway, last year our family cut back on gifts in attempt to give more to those who are truly in need and in the process, I was inspired to write my own version of what my "grown-up Christmas list" would look like. I wanted to share that list with you, along with some links to organizations that I love that are working towards accomplishing those items on my list. Maybe it will give you some gift ideas for that person who, although they may not be on your list, does not have anything...

Do You remember me?
Long ago on bended knee

I prayed to You
With childhood fantasy
Well I’m all grown up now
Would You still help somehow
I’m not a child
But my heart still can dream


So hear my prayerful wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need


That we would learn to share our wealth
(Kiva: Micro loans empowering the working poor to lift themselves out of poverty)
That the sick might know good health
(Health Partners International: increasing access to medicine and improving health in the developing world)
And the oppressed be helped
(International Justice Mission (Canada / US): securing justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression)
That every child would have a home
(Our Own Home: providing a home for orphans living with HIV/AIDS)
And no one would feel alone
(L’Arche Daybreak (Canada / US): a place of belonging for people living with intellectual disabilities)
But Your love would be made known
(Amazima Ministries: sharing Christ's love with over 400 children in Uganda, East Africa)
This is my grown-up Christmas list


Too often we’re consumed
With our own families
With buying gifts
To place beneath our tree


But there’s so many in need
Help us open up our eyes
Reach out and let
Compassion rule our lives


That we would learn to share our wealth
(Please Help Me: providing assistance to children and families in Montreal’s Cloverdale community)
That the sick might know good health
And the oppressed be helped
(Project Genesis: assisting people to better understand and defend their social and economic rights)
That every child would have a home
(Reece’s Rainbow: special needs adoption ministry)
And no one would feel alone
(Tim Huff / Light Patrol: reaching out to and caring for the homeless)
But Your love would be made known
(Options Crisis Pregnancy Center: providing unconditional love, acceptance and assistance to those facing unexpected pregnancies)
This is my grown-up Christmas list


There’s no excuse, we have been called
There’s something we can do
Help us love the world with open arms
And then let Your light shine through


That we would learn to share our wealth




That the sick might know good health




And the oppressed be helped




That every child would have a home




And no one would feel alone




But Your love would be made known




This is my grown-up Christmas list


This is my only life-long wish


This is my prayer for everyone

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