Of course, Christmas would not be Christmas without the pleas from the charity groups and the services that help those in need. At Christmas, I am inundated with catalogues from merchants wanting me to buy their goods and with envelopes asking for a donation. I have to admit that I do feel terrible in that I cannot help everyone, but I cannot. I prefer to make one donation to the local children’s hospital and that is my lot for the year. For me it is a form of tithing. What one gives out will come back eventually, if not in this life then in another or the world of Spirit. However, I never think of it like that. To me, it is giving a gift to help heal a child and, as I am in the business of healing, it makes sense to do this.
If you have never tithed, then do consider doing it. It is interesting that the major churches with influence today in the Christian tradition all have tithing as their main source of income. Tithing is giving a donation once a month to a cause. It is given without expecting anything back. It is to be given in love and, when done so, usually those who give get what they have given back ten fold. Before Maitreya came into my life, I always tithed – even though sometimes I hardly had enough to live on myself, but what I gave was always returned, and often in a very short period of time. Christmas is a wonderful time to begin the tithing ritual, because it is at the end of one year and the beginning of another. I have often had people say to me, “But I cannot tithe; I do not have enough money to do so.” But what about inviting someone who is alone for Christmas – or any holiday for that matter – to dinner, or offer to do something for them which will make their lives easier. There is always something that one can do for another.