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One of the challenges that we all face in some degree is the financial strife that takes place during Christmas.  The economic barrier becomes more visible especially for people who are on low income.  

As a person with a disability I receive income assistance from the provincial government.  Even though the earning exemption has increased recently this is not beneficial for a lot of people with disabilities including myself who find it very difficult to attain employment.  The reality is that monthly amount of income assistance has not increased along with the cost of living.  

In our society Christmas is so commercialized plus there is additional costs in celebrating various traditions with family and friends.  When your budget is very tight,it can be a discouraging time.

There is a reason I’m disclosing my economic status.  Not out of self pity but in hope and with gratitude of how God blesses me.  He has filled the gap and provided every need for me in abundance through His own unique ways.  

Mary and Joseph had similar economic woes when she was pregnant traveling through the desert seeking a place to have the baby.  I’m beginning to realize how fortunate I am to be more reliant on God especially at advent.  Even though Jesus was not born or raised in a luxurious setting, the lack of wealth or prestige does not discourage His parents from being obedient to God and receiving His grace nor does it prevent Jesus from enjoying life and testifying to the everlasting hope of our Lord.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, 

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

 for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

 for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

 for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

 for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

 for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:3-12

One Comment

  • Avatar Bonita Grace Dirk says:

    Thanks Lucy. I am starting to see faintly some of the blessings of relying on God and would appreciate your prayers to follow in your footsteps.

    Love,
    B

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