Christmas is truly our season of giving!
by Tom Rowland, Cleveland Mayor
Nov 29, 2012 | 658 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

— Winston Churchill

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Those words from Winston Churchill are never more appropriate than they are this time of year when we are all given opportunities to “give” to others.

No matter where you go in the coming weeks, you’ll find opportunities to give to others. Whether it’s a volunteer ringing a bell for Salvation Army, an Angel Tree in Kmart, an Empty Stocking Fund campaign, a church project or the William Hall Rodgers Basket Fund appeal — the needs are great and they are many.

Winston Churchill’s quote says it best. We do work for a living, in order to feed and clothe our families and educate our children. However, life is truly fulfilled when we reach out and make a difference in the life of someone else. It doesn’t matter how large or how small.

This weekend, we light our Community Christmas Tree in downtown on Friday evening. Then on Saturday, the annual MainStreet Christmas Parade officially ushers in the season.

We often lose sight of the reason for Christmas so I always like to remind folks who come to the tree lighting that, “Jesus is indeed the Reason for the Season,” and that it is in fact politically correct to say, “Merry Christmas!”

You don’t have to be rich to “give.” The “giving” is not always monetary. Often it’s the “gift” of a hug, a handshake, a smile or a word of encouragement or hope. You just have to reach inside your heart, then reach out to someone who has a need.

Cleveland is a “giving” community. We can look around and see people helping people in many ways — through churches, clubs, organizations and individuals. It’s one of the things that makes our community unique. Visitors can see our caring and sharing attitude throughout the year.

Though opportunities to “give” are always more prominent this time of year, the needs remain all year long. I always remind others that the needs still exist on Dec. 26.

We are now in the Holy Happy Season of Christmas 2012. Let’s each make it a goal to make it “merry” for someone in some way and see what a difference it makes in your own life.

Acts 20:35 reminds us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Have a Blessed Christmas Season!