And the Angel said to them, "do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people" Luke 2:10

What does it actually means to bring good tidings and joy?

With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the shopping, the cooking, the wrapping, its easy to get caught up in busyness of it and lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. That along with the birth of Christ, a message was delivered by an angel, and that the angel was a messenger of joy. Joy that was meant for all, regardless of circumstance.

The congregation at Buckeye First Assembly of God partnered with Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree organization and together they were able to provide their own message along with bountiful of Christmas joy to families within their community who have a parent who is in prison during this holiday.

In a short amount of time and with lots of helping hands they were able to provide gifts, a delicious meal and several bags of groceries for each family to take home. More importantly though they provided themselves. Extending a warm smile and greeting to each person that walked through the door. Sitting with the families, sharing conversation. Fixing plates and refilling drinks. Giving each child wrapped gifts from their parent along with a written note and bible.

The joy that was delivered that evening simply could not be measured. It was more than an act of charity or kindness. It was joy selflessly given simply to be given so these families would know that they are not alone or forgotten but part of a giving community.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up Galations 6:9

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