Blessed to be a Blessing

For God so loved the world..

Today is Boxing Day, a day with its roots in the medieval tradition of placing alms and small gifts in the church Poor Box on Saint Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas. By the early 1800s Boxing Day had become a time to reach out beyond one’s immediate family. Not only the poor, but clerks, servants, delivery people, and others would receive a “Christmas Box” filled with treats or money. It’s a worthy tradition, one we should all consider observing. Not only the day after Christmas. But every day.

“Freely you have received

…freely give.”

~Matthew 10:8

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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12 Responses to Blessed to be a Blessing

  1. francisashis says:

    Amen.Thank you very much for sharing about the significance of giving alms.God bless you dear .Wish you and your loved ones a Joyous Christmas.Take care.🙏🌲🌹

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  2. Matilda Novak says:

    How Cool!
    i had no idea the roots of “Boxing Day”.
    Thank you my friend…
    and Happy Boxing Day.

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  3. pkadams says:

    I never knew that . Thanks for your helpful posts .

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  4. pastorpete51 says:

    Oh that is so interesting. I always incorrectly assumed it meant they exchanged gifts on a different day than here. What a great tradition!

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  5. #hood says:

    the hidden place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. matthew 35:33
    john 3:41 the extra mile


  6. Your words ring true, Mitch. The spirit of giving is absolutely vital; especially within our present day, out of order world. Yet, we do need to start thinking outside of the Boxing Day box; e.g., why can’t college be affordable? Why doesn’t each student’s earned degree establish sufficient earning power that, in a short time, would lead our global society out of poverty?

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  7. Scott says:

    Wonderful message! Happy New Year, Mitch! Appreciate you, brother!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Yes, giving is something we should be doing every day, regardless of whether it’s material or something intangible but at least as real.

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