I spent my quiet time in the living room with the Christmas lights on, just enough light to read, with a great mug of coffee in hand, and a blanket over my lap. I love the stillness of early mornings with Jesus and even more so, there is a heavier and greater peace and stillness in the mornings during the Christmas season. I soaked it all in. As I sat there, I considered the wacky weather and felt a tinge of disappointment that the weather was not reflecting the Christmas season. I mean, come on now. I asked Jesus about it and if it could be cooler for me, so that I could appreciate all of the season. I can't quite explain it, but immediately, I saw a sea of homeless people and felt Holy Spirit speak to my spirit, "Yes, but this weather is a blessing to all of them. It keeps them warm just a bit longer. The cold weather may make you smile but I want them to be warm, too."
This simple and kind revelation blew me away. It completely changed my perspective on the weather. And even better, I fell deeper in love with the Lord, my God, who cares so much about each of His children that He has the weather act differently in order to tangibly share His love with the poor. He tends to the needs of every child. He loves every one of us so much; it cannot be contained to this simple post.
As I wrap this up, I want to challenge each of us to remember in this beautiful season those who are not curled up on a couch and warm. I challenge us to reach out and show Christ's love to them in an equally tangible way as the Lord's consideration of them in the warm weather. Everyone of us can do something - volunteer somewhere, buy a meal or a warm drink, donate blankets, meals, clothing, coats, hats, gloves, stop and hear their story, smile, acknowledge them, etc... Just do something. Because it matters to the Savior who this season is all about (Matthew 25:31-40). The Messiah who came into the world 2000+ years ago in order to redeem and save us all. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). He came for you, for me, for every person on the street, for every person we pass, for every person we never meet. His heart is to see each person walk in their full identity - child of God, redeemed, loved, cherished, valuable, worthy, amazing. So let's share love, establish shalom, and invest in people's identities of value.
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this."
~ Isaiah 9:6-7