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As the Thanksgiving season segues into the season of Christ’s birth, we have a lot to look forward to. Christmas dinners, presents under a beautiful tree, time with family and friends in the comfort of our warm homes and warm beds.
But what about the others? What about those who won’t have enough to eat, won’t receive a gift, and won’t have family or friends or a warm bed on Christmas Day?
The calendar tells us it’s time to get busy. It’s time to shop and bake and decorate. But for the homeless and poor, it’s simply a day like any other. Another day of looking for food and shelter. Another day of need.
The Psalmist, Asaph, writes of God presiding over the great Hall of Justice, admonishing the kings and judges to protect the powerless:
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”Â Psalm 82:3-4
We aren’t kings or judges, but we are God’s people, charged with the task of protecting the powerless. In today’s world that can mean volunteering in a soup kitchen, purchasing gifts for an Angel Tree child, or putting money in the Salvation Army bucket. Or perhaps you feel led to donate to ministries such as Gospel for Asia for to purchase income-producing animals or The Water Project to sponsor wells in third world countries.
So what will you do–what will I do–to make a difference in someone’s life this Christmas? Addressing the physical needs of the poor can lead to the opportunity to share the love of Christ with the powerless.
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,
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