It is not uncommon to see splendor surrounding the Christmas season, but what does burning splendor mean? In our theme for Compassionate Christmas 2018, it refers to the presence of God. When God comes close enough, His glory takes on the appearance of fire—burning splendor. As God descended on Mt. Sinai, His splendor was so bright that the mountain top was covered in clouds, smoked like a furnace, and trembled violently (Exodus 19:18).
On top of that holy mountain, God revealed that His glory had a bent for the poor: “For the Lord your God is a God who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing” (Deut. 10:17-18). His bent toward the poor is picked up as a major theme and restated by Moses, by the Prophets, and by Christ himself.
This Christmas we honor the God who has revealed Himself in burning splendor by remembering the poor of our own time. We will always have the poor with us, so let’s open our hands freely and give. This Christmas there are over 50 ways of doing so in this catalog. We hope you will choose some to give and lighten the lives of needy children and families around the world.