God likes it when we take care of the poor.  He ways that when we do it is like a light is shining in us.  What are some ways we can celebrate Christmas and take care of the poor?  Since some of our Christmas gifts we ask for are made in a way that doesn't care for the poor - maybe we should try to ask for presents from companies we know do take care of poor people?

Read these verses with your family:
Isaiah 58:9-11 
When you beg the LORD for help, he will answer, "Here I am!"
Don't mistreat others or falsely accuse them or say something cruel.
Give your food to the hungry and care for the homeless.
Then your light will shine in the dark; your darkest hour will be like the noonday sun.
The LORD will always guide you and provide good things to eat when you are in the desert. 
He will make you healthy. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a stream that never runs dry.

Ask your parents what these verses mean.  How do they make you feel?  What do they say about God?  What do they say about what God wants from us?  Talk with your family about what these verses mean for how we celebrate Jesus' birthday.

Then pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus
Thank you for being light in darkness.  Help me to be a light in darkness by taking care of people in need.  Forgive me for the times i'm selfish and think only about what i want when others are hungry.  Help me to celebrate your birthday in a way that shows the world how much you care for people who are poor or hungry.  Amen.

Then color this color sheet and think about ways you can help poor people this Christmas.

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