2016-12-20 - #ludacristmas©
Luke 3:11 (MSG) “If you have two coats, give one away,” he said. “Do the same with your food.”
Some people might be quite surprised to discover that a church musician is a big fan of a rap star, but I actually prefer some rap music over classical music. I am a great admirer of Ludacris, nee Chris Bridges. But it's not just because of his talent as both a musician and an actor. Actually, my very favorite trait of Ludacris is his generous and humble heart. I first learned about him through my work in Juvenile Court, and I have become more and more impressed by his "giving back" to the community.
Every year, during a "giving" event, the Ludacris Foundation provides the material goods for a Christmas celebration for some who couldn't otherwise afford it. This year, his foundation bought 250 coats for those in need, and they even bought them at a high-end department store. This delighted me, because it means that the coats should last the wearers for a good while. Additionally, they have given out food baskets, coats, shoes, clothes and toys, to those in need - and also assisted a family who was not in need until they recently lost everything in a fire.
The generosity is laudable, but to me, one of the best things about Ludacris is that he doesn't just send a representative or employee to give out the gifts. Instead, Ludacris, his mother and his "elves" go and personally meet the recipients, handing out items themselves. For a famous star, that's a big deal.
Isn't that just like God? He could have created someone or something impersonal to save us, but instead he sent His own Son, who is in essence, God Himself as part of the Trinity. Ludacris makes every ludacrismas personal, and God made the very first Christmas personal. God still wants that personal relationship with us, and wants us to engage in personal relationships with his sheep.
This year, for Richard and myself, the very best gift is his recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and we thank all of you who have prayed for him, and continue to; he is at about 95%, except for the left foot (85%) - all expected and predicted by neurologists, and normal. But we are very thankful for that, as well as for the generosity of a rap star who hasn't forgotten his roots, and who is humble enough to mingle with and bless ordinary people.
Do you know someone who could use a personal touch this Christmas? Like Ludacris has said, "We were put on this Earth to help others. All you blessed people go bless someone else."
Janice P. Moser