Activist Faith

Many causes and charities plea for our attention during the holidays, but when the day comes, most of us spend Christmas sharing meal and gifts with family. I took some time to observe how people show their faith even during the mundane details of the day. Here is what I saw:

-Guests washing dishes.
-An uncle volunteering to take out the trash.
-Another uncle offering to collect the ripped wrapping paper into a trash bag (Hopefully to recycle–we had an entire forest of paper of gift wrap this year!).
-An aunt fixing an impromptu evening meal for those hungry at the end of the day.
-My niece praying before our Christmas meal (She’s so cute!).
-Hugs and kisses between those who often do not exchange an embrace.
-Saying “I love you” (often).
-Giving that one personalized gift no one expected that brought tears to someone’s eyes.
-Turning off the television to share a conversation with a loved one.

What did you see this Christmas?



BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October 2011). Discover more at



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