January 6, 2021

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14

Christmas morning at our house is so exciting. Our girls wake up early with hearts full of anticipation and joy. They are so excited to see what Santa has left under the tree for them. It is always one of the great moments for Aimee and me when we see them come down the hall and see what is under the tree. Sadly, not every child experiences the joy of presents under the tree.

Jaxson Turner understands that not every child has reason to expect a visit from Santa while they sleep. Jaxson wanted to do something about it. Jaxson is a 13-year-old young man from McKinney, Texas. Since he was 11, he has worked hard to give away big gifts for his birthday and Christmas. Jaxson has helped to create his own charity, “Never too Young to Care.” Through his charity, Jaxson raised $6,000 dollars for this Christmas.

When looking for a place to share his wonderful gifts, he and his family purchased new shoes, clothes, coats, and toys for the children in the Samaritan Inn. The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that allows families to live in the facility while learning and establishing positive life practices. It is a wonderful way for families to get on their feet and have a solid chance at a new life.

Jaxson and his family catered a big meal that featured chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, Chick-fil-a and Pizza Hut (Jaxson picked the menu items). They gave the children their gifts and at the same time, gave the parents of Samaritan Inn the gift of peace and joy, knowing that their children would have a wonderful Christmas.

Giving the gift of joy and peace is well within our power. Young Jaxson has shown us that when we look for our neighbors who are in need, and when we put in the effort, we can be a blessing. As Jaxson says in an interview with Newsweek, “I feel this was all God’s work. If others (kids) are seeing this, I would tell them to do whatever is in their heart and try to make God proud.”  Let’s follow Jaxson’s lead, love our neighbors, and make God proud.

– Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship