With all that our country and communities have faced over the past year plus, finding reasons to celebrate this Christmas may feel like more of a challenge than ever. Mask and vaccine mandates continue to threaten personal and religious freedoms, while rising inflation threatens our pocketbooks. Even the continued supply-chain issues are putting a damper on Christmas shopping and gift-giving.  

Given all we’ve confronted in recent times, is it possible find the joy this Christmas season — as well as hope for the new year? Scripture reminds us that we certainly can. 

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11) 

“May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) 

These powerful words remind us that despite all the challenges, we have much to rejoice. They also remind us to share generously in the blessings and gifts we have received. Sharing is a central tenant in Christian faith. As Christians, we support and help each other in difficult moments as well as in times of prosperity. We share the burden while sharing our faith in a higher purpose that guides us forward.  

Christmas is the perfect time to practice the generosity Jesus called for. Because the true meaning of Christmas isn’t found in the number of gifts under the tree, but the gifts of the heart we share with each other as we celebrate the day our Savior was born. Be joyful, be generous, and be in hope. 

This Christian concept of generosity is the guiding principle behind faith-based health sharing plans. In a faith-based health sharing plan, Christian individuals and families come together to share the costs of all members’ medical expenses in accordance with Scripture. And unlike traditional insurance, faith-based health plans are not regulated and are exempt from ACA mandates — resulting in potentially significant monthly savings that also get shared. 

While united in their faith and support for each other, members of Christian health sharing plans also share an unwavering belief in personal and religious freedoms. When you participate in a Christian health sharing plan, you have the autonomy to make your own healthcare choices, live by your own principles, and not be penalized for it. That freedom certainly is reason to celebrate this Christmas. 

May your Christmas season be filled with family, love and joy and may the New Year bring you restored hope and peace.