“A generous man will himself be blessed for he shares his food with the poor.”
Why should we share? We spend ages teaching children to do it, we expect fat-cat bankers to do it, and we all want a friend with a bag of chips to do it, but why? Why is sharing such a big deal and why is it that the act of sharing is supposed to make us feel blessed? We all know that being on the receiving end of sharing makes us feel loved and cared for, but why does it feel good to be the one who shares?
Maybe it’s because experiencing good things, and especially good food, loses something very fundamental when it is done alone? The joy of a really good meal is immeasurably enhanced when shared with friends around a table. We are hard wired to share- to be generous and give away some of what we have. Sharing with others not only lifts their humanity but also our own.
Sharing the basics of life says something profound about us and the person we share with- it says we are basically the same. We all need the same things to survive; warmth, food and shelter. Not sharing and leaving someone outside, hungry and cold diminishes all our humanity and leaves us all something less than God created us to be.
God shares himself with us at Christmas and we share with others because we are created to be like him. Make sure you don’t miss out on the blessing of sharing this Christmas.
Pray for those in this country and across the world who will go to bed hungry tonight
Buy some food and give it to you local food bank.