taking the words of Jesus seriously


They did it again. A random group of Christmas carolers blitzed the City singing songs and giving away over $10, 000 in a random act of kindness.


Actually… it’s not that random. They work carefully with pastors and leaders in the city of Philadelphia to select families who either have had a very difficult year, or who are working tirelessly on behalf of others.


They show up, sing a couple of Christmas carols, deliver some homemade goodies, and hand over a little card bulging with $1000 in cash. Then — POOF — they are gone, as quick as they came. We don’t know what else to call them but “Christmas Angels” — and we like it that no one knows who they are. So do they.


They are taking that command of Jesus very seriously:


“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them… when you give, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others… But when you give, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”


I heard them singing on my block again this year.


And I can’t help but think that God is smiling. It seems like sort of a covert-op from Heaven — holy mischief. It’s like a drive-by, flash-mob kind of love. A hit-and-run of the best kind. And it all points toward Jesus.


I think every city needs some Christmas Angels.


About The Author


Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist,
 sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of several books, 
including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," "Executing Grace," "Beating Guns," and his newest book, "Rethinking Life (to be released in Feb 2023)." He is the visionary 
leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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