Two kinds of giving
Okay, just one more fine post from Dan Cruver & Together for Adoption.
This is apropos for the Christmas season:
At Christmas we should celebrate two kinds of gift giving, not just one.
Christmas should be a feast of reciprocal giving in a circle of intimates, a provisional enactment of the advent of God’s future world. But it should also be a feast of giving to those outside the circle, a small contribution helping to align the world of sin and need with the coming world of love.
The advent of the light into the darkness of the world is not the goal; it is part of the movement toward the goal.
At Christmas we celebrate this movement. Gifts should therefore chiefly flow out to the needy; they shouldn’t largely circulate among friends.
- quoted from Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace.