Parents burying children. Children who are hurt and abused by their parents. Women and men who would give anything just to have one child to love.
The hungry, the thirsty, the impoverished.
So many hurting souls. So, so many who cry more than they smile.
The radio stations buzz with calls coming in to help the needy. Churches are flooded with toys and food for those without. Our hearts feel so full and blessed by the giving we do at Christmas time. Tis the season for giving, right?
And Christmas comes and goes. The radio stops it petition for giving and people quickly lose that desire to help those who are less fortunate...and I don't just mean the poor. I mean those who are deeply grieving...those who are heartbroken and feel hopeless. We may continue to count our blessings, but how quickly we forget to reach our arms out to those who are in anguish.
I feel so sad in the car. Listening to all these heart breaking stories...knowing that we are barely even getting a glimpse into the worlds suffering. Sad...because I know come January that most of these "Christmas wishes" will all be pushed away.
Why do our hearts stop the day after Christmas? Why do we give less? Why don't we give sacrificially year around?
Jesus didn't have to come and save us. He could have just left us here. Left us without any hope.
But, He didn't do that. He came not because of who we are...but because of who He is. Because He loves us that much. Because He wanted us to be with Him forever in eternity. Because He knew before He created you that He wanted you...for forever.
If we are to be Jesus...to be the light in this dark world...then we can't leave those who are brokenhearted on their own.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
So when the Christmas music stops and we stop hearing the cries for help on the radio, let us not close our ears and eyes and hearts to the reality of this hurting world. A world that is desperately in need of a hope that can only come from the Savior. A world that we forget in our glorification of busyness.
Because He doesn't just show up in our lives around the holidays. He is still here. If you want Him.
Let Him continue to show you how He can use you in this hurting world...how you can be a light for Him.
...and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
Thank you Jesus. Because of you we are never without hope. Hallelujah.