Singing the songs of the season causes me to wonder. We sing anthems about tidings of comfort and joy, yet some of the most joyful people I’ve met are coping with real hardships. Comfort may be a completely unfamiliar concept to them. In the midst of their suffering, some experience a deep and profound joy — knowing that this earth is not their home. They were made for freedom. They were made for peace. They were made for relationship with the One who made them — the One who came wrapped in swaddling clothes with life, death and then life as His destiny. As we waltz through our Christmas celebration has our comfort robbed us of these greater truths?
“Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.”
As we recapture the awe and mystery of the Babe in the manger let us not forget those who need what we can offer — delivery on the promise of hope and freedom. I encourage you to check out the work of Compassion International and consider rescuing a child from extreme poverty and helping prevent the enslavement of children around the world.
This Christmas let’s help others experience redemption, freedom, and justice. http://www.causes.com/causes/4502