"Nails, spear, shall pierce Him through,
The Cross be borne, for me, for you:
Hail, hail, the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary."
~ taken from "What Child is This?"
by William Chatterton Dix
When Jesus was born that first Christmas, He came to make God real to each one of us - to show us that He loves us and that He cares about us enough to step down into our world and live as one of us. He understands what each of us has walked through in our lives and He makes Himself available to us no matter where we find ourselves. We may not see Him face-to-face as His first disciples did, but the reality of His Presence is just as real today as it was 2,000 years ago. Every day, His heart reaches out to us, full of love and ready to welcome us into relationship with our Creator and Savior!
Each week, we have the joy of building relationships in our city through simply making ourselves available to talk, listen, pray or just give a hug! So often, our hearts just need to know that we are seen, loved and valued. We are honored to share Jesus' love in these simple ways as we follow His example of stepping into someone else's world and loving them right where they are! This week, we have the privilege to be able to share Christmas gifts with friends we have gotten to know over the past few months! We are praying that God uses every gift to speak His message of love into each life!