D. Taylor: Sharing is the spirit of Christmas

Christmas has come and gone; however, I hope the spirit of Christmas will not fade away with all the decorations.

Nothing seems to change the human heart like the spirit of Christmas. What other holiday inspires people to stop at the homeless mission on the way home to donate to the poor, or causes people to pick up an extra turkey to give to a soup kitchen before sitting down to eat at their own feast?

What other holiday causes people to dump the content of their wallets into a little red kettle before entering a store to buy something for themselves, or pick a name off a tree in the mall to help a needy family?

We are fortunate to have so many churches that open their doors and share in the spirit through dramas, concerts, hay rides and caroling. One church even canceled its service on Christmas day so the congregation could spend the day with residents of a local nursing home.

At Christmas, people always seem to have enough room at their table for one more, even if that one more might be a stranger. Christmas helps us break our routines and takes the focus off of us and places it on others.

You've got to love it.

The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston

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DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Christmas is for everyone!

I did not mean any harm by saying you've got to love it! I love Jesus, I love Christmas, I love giving to people all year around! I simply love it thats all there is to it. Don't read to much into it and keep thins simple. The Salvation Army was showing everyone love and helping everyone who needed help. Thats what we do as Chr
istians!

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Charity vs the safety net

There are some countries where a human life has no value at all. Some African countries come to mind. Here, we believe that a life has value because it is human. Because of that, certain things are illegal. You cannot kill your wife, your husband or your children, for example, and we go to extraordinary means to save our soldiers wounded in battle. The safety net reflects the attitude that we do not allow people to starve in the midst of food, or freeze when there is shelter available or die from curable illnesses because they are human beings. It is intended to be a floor below which human beings should not fall regardless of their talent, morality, intelligence etc. There are no throw away people and it is not a gift. Charity is a gift, given because you are a person of empathy, or you want to please God or because you want people to think you are generous. It is also given to people you consider worthy of your gift often children or the elderly. The two are not the same. Both are necessary in a world as hazardous as ours.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Wow,Merry Christmas.

My letter was all about how this time of year brings out the best in all of us. Even the Somalis benefit from groups like the Salvation Army and they don't even celebrate Christmas. Youv'e got to love it. This did not get printed on line but did read that way in the printed form. I guess it was to much for everyone to handle. We have all become a bunch of wimps in America. I meant no harm Therein it, all I was saying is that everyone benefits from hristmas even if they dont celebrate it like Christians. Youv'e got to love it.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

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Sorry my computer is having a hard time to type.

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Republicans????????????????????????

Why do you think I am pro-republican? I look to God for my answers.I think you should read my letter agian with some Christmas spirit.

ANTHONY NAZAR's picture

hmmmmm

One very salient paragraph that appeared in my print edition has been removed, probably in the interest of keeping the conversation civil. In it, Mr. Taylor reveals a touch of - how do I say it without inviting the standard righteous response of "Who, me?" Oh well, here goes - prejudice.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

..."donating to a food bank

..."donating to a food bank once a year isn't an (sic) great example, but continued charity is absolutely necessary"....
What you're asking for, already exists. It's called entitlement programs for the "needy" that are being paid for by people who work and pay taxes year round.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

People like me will do

People like me will do nothing but cheer when people die or go hungry? What are you, really, some kind of nut? I can tolerate your off the wall wack job comments on anything and everything, but your meaningless and unfounded accusations towards me are just plain nasty. You might want to start reading some of your junk before clicking the "save" button.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

My responses to this forum

My responses to this forum indicate nothing of the sort. You need to stop spiking your Kool-Aid with fairy dust.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Dan, Rev Taylor is talking

Dan,

Rev Taylor is talking about charity from self. Not state sponsored charity. Republicans just want to cut out the middle man. Rev Taylor knows the community’s needs better than some Bureaucrat in Washington.

Mark

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I'll bet he took his

I'll bet he took his audience's level of intelligence into consideration before putting his attitude into gear.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Perhaps your tone rubbed off

Perhaps your tone rubbed off on me. I’ll work on cleaning it up.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Who clicked the agree button

Who clicked the agree button on that one; one of your clan?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Charity is charity. It isn't

Charity is charity. It isn't like "is", which according to Clinton, has many definitions.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Dan, You’re responses are so

Dan,

You’re responses are so predictable.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Amen, brother; amen.

Amen, brother; amen.

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