This year’s Christmas has been different because we’ve been taking part in the Advent Conspiracy. Our gift spending was reduced by over 50% compared to other years. I wondered what Christmas morning would feel like with fewer gifts, but we weren’t at all disappointed. If anything we were less overwhelmed because we didn’t have too much to enjoy all at once. We didn’t feel deprived at all. It’s been good.
It actually makes a bit more room for worship.
By the way, Richview raised over $6,500 through the Conspiracy, and more is still coming in. It’s all being given to Living Water International Canada:
By drilling clean water wells in a poor village, I have seen the benefits that are amazing. The extra two hours that the women of the village save each day by not having to hike the long distance for water have opened up new opportunities. “A simple well brings more benefits than just a clean and dependable source of water. It brings everything from peace of mind to better living conditions stated.” (Barry Hart, President of Living Water Canada)
Living Water International Canada’s mandate is ‘to provide a cup of clean water in Jesus’ name’. LWI has provided clean water to over 4 million people preventing needless lifelong disabilities and save lives.
For less that a cup of coffee a day Canadian’s can bring water to desperately needed communities.
4 million people isn’t so much when I read that 1.1 billion people don’t have access to clean water. Still lots of work to do.
I did get a completely indulgent gift though: a membership at U2.com. I’ve had my eye on this for a while but I didn’t expect to get it, especially this year. But I’ll be generous even with this gift and share it with my brother Arthur.
Hope that whatever you’re doing today and whatever you’re opening, you’re having a good Christmas.
Non in dialectica complacuit Deo salvum facere populum suum.
It did not please God to save his people by means of logic. Rather, he sent his Son. (Ambrose)