Advent Thoughts for December 8th (2011). Well said, I thought. Follow the link for a fellow-Christian minister’s thoughts that begin with the question: “Is it okay to give gifts still?”

I think the answer is “yes” provided you don’t only give to people you like or to those who are going to give you a present in return. It means giving to charity – but rather more than our spare change – and to those people, whom we work with for example, whom we don’t really get along with. Jesus says something similar with respect to having a party (see Luke chapter 14 verses 12 to 14).

Okay, so we can’t afford to give something to everyone but maybe we can think of one person whom we don’t get along with to give something nice to? It doesn’t have to be expensive but something they might actually like. Just a thought.