Joyce Mercer recently alerted me to a Sojourners blog post that Jim Wallis wrote. It merits widespread attention and can be read here. I especially appreciate the section in which Wallis writes about teaching his children about the true meaning of Christmas, the true meaning of the Incarnation.
He writes, “Now, my family loves our Christmas tree, but its bright lights and wonderful ornaments don’t teach my children much about why Jesus came into the world. We do that in other ways, such as giving needed gifts — goats, sheep, and chickens and the like — to the poorest children and families of the world though the World Vision web site on Christmas Day. The goal is to make our sons more excited about the gifts they give than the ones they get, and it usually works. Last year, my boys sponsored a child in Ghana.”
Both Joyce Mercer and Jim Wallis will be speaking at Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity, May 7-10 2012 in Washington, DC. (See http://children-youth.com/ for more info). In fact, Jim will be joined by his family–his wife, Joy, and his sons, Luke and Jack–in a presentation about how their family nurtures one another’s faith.