Contributed by David Sena, executive director of Northlands Rescue Mission (Grand Forks, N.D.). Reprinted with permission from the Voice of Grace newsletter.
Jesus was born anonymously, without the world noticing. Itís important for the homeless and hurting men and women our missions serve to hear that simple sentence, because God has something for them that the world canít see.
Our guests need to know that they arenít anonymous to God. He sees their needs even if others donít. He sees their need for love and grace no matter where they areójust as He saw the needs of the world 2,000 years ago.
The first Christmas was stressful and painful. It was filled with travel, rejection, and fear. Yet even though Mary and Joseph were turned away time and again, God found a place for them. And He has a place today for those who are homeless and living in despair. The holidays can remind people today of what they donít have or what they have lost. Yet God still is able to make even the most humble and stressful times magnificent.
We donít need to be afraid. As the angel announced at Jesusí birth: ďDo not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the LordĒ (Luke 2:10Ė11).
God can bless us with joy, love, and laughter when we least expect it. He can surprise us just as He surprised the world with the birth of His Son. Both we and the people we serve can have hope that God loves us and sees us this Christmas and every day of the year.