Boxing Day

Re:Verse passage – Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18 (day two) 

So when you [a]give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Vs. 2a

Happy Boxing Day! This second day of Christmas tradition dates back to the Middle Ages. In more recent times it has been associated with aristocracy presenting gifts, or boxes, filled with food or other things to their servants who had worked hard the day before to make sure Christmas Day was properly celebrated. Before that churches and other charitable institutions had collection boxes for the poor and needy which would be distributed on December 26.

Thinking about Boxing Day with regards to these verses, I realized this is a picture of the Christ child. He did not come with fanfare. He, for a time, was weak and helpless, not mighty and authoritarian. His beginning was quiet and humble. And he came for the poor. Those who were broken, and those who were in need. Regardless of your station in life, he came for you. Happy Boxing Day.

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

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