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O Holy Night


    O Holy Night


    O holy night!
    The stars are brightly shining
    It is the night
    Of the dear Savior's birth!

    Luke 2:8-14

    And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

    In the shower this morning my mind went to how close it is to Christmas Day. One week from today is Christmas Eve. All the shopping, all the hustle and bustle, all the on line sales, all the packages being delivered and many weary postmen and women. The employees who are forced to work late, and come in early, it is not a joyous time for some.

    My thoughts went to the homeless man who walks the streets this time of year. In the loneliness of his life, what does he encounter? He sees signs and banners, he sees Christmas decorations in peoples yards, maybe he even hears the O Holy Night song playing somewhere. As he roams the streets I can only imagine what he is thinking, how he is feeling. Does he even know who Jesus is? Surely he does, most in this day and time we live in know who Jesus is, but does he really know who and what Jesus did for him. I know I knew of Jesus. In my growing up years as my mother put out the nativity set, I would watch the Christmas specials with all those that had ones on the Nativity, but my realization of who Jesus really was did not become a reality for many many years. So does this wandering man really know who Jesus is? How did he come to a place such as this where he carries all he owns on his back, wandering day and night, looking for scraps of food, trying to find a place to sleep, trying to find shelter from the freezing air. Does he stop at the nativity scene at the local church at a time when no one is around, does he wonder to himself, as he looks upon that plastic baby Jesus, are you for real? Why am I in this place? How helpless and hopeless this man must feel. To spend his life living on the streets. How long has been doing this, what happened in his life to bring him to this place?

    In my minds eye, I see this man broken and weary, weighted down by the backpack he carries with all his worldly belongings. I see him so heavy heavyhearted as he drops his belongings on the ground and falls to his knees and weeps at the feet of the little plastic manger where Jesus lies. Like the song in the Little Drummer boy, who lost his best friend Ba Ba his sheep. He takes the little lamb to Jesus, he himself is bitter and angry, the little drummer boy lost his family and from that day he hated all men. But in this moment of Jesus Birth, as the babe lies in the manger, the little drummer boy is guided by the wise men to the only one who can heal the little lamb. The moment that the little drummer boy pears into the babes face his heart melts, Jesus touches this little drummer boy from the crib in such a way that it changes his life. The little drummer boy has nothing to give as the others have given. He only has his drum, he looks at Mary and she nods to him to play his drum. And as the little drummer boy plays his heart is filled with Love once again and his life changes for ever. Jesus not only heals the little drummer boys heart, but also heals and brings Ba Ba back to life.

    A life changed just by looking into Jesus face. His radiant love shown though and directly affected all those around Him that night. Will that be the hope in the homeless mans heart as he gazes on the plastic baby Jesus?

    Can Jesus still touch us in the dark, cold lonely place in which we walk? The bible says we will always have the poor with us. There will always be someone homeless, and to be homeless is not always a choice. Over this past year people have been forced to be homeless, through fires, through snowstorms, through earthquakes, through floods. Masses of people left without a home or a place to be sheltered from lifes storms. Is it during this time that people can really see Jesus, or do they show their anger toward Him? Do they blame Jesus or thank Him for things could be worse. There will be those that were on the fence in their relationship with Him so will tragedies like these bring them closer and a re-commitment in their lives? Or will they forever say no to Him?

    I have over these last few years looked on the edge of being homeless. Taking my son to a dental clinic brought me even closer to how those in the shelters live. I see the homeless walking the streets and have made it a point to bring them to the Lord in prayer. Asking Him to provide food, water, shelter, and maybe a cup of coffee. Who knows but God, that you may be the only one that takes the time to pray for those people. And what we see on the streets may only be one or two, but the last time I read the mission posts they took in over 300 men, women and children, fed them and gave them shelter.

    What can we give to the babe in the manger this year for all He came to do for us? Have you ever given that any thought? You could be like the little drummer boy who felt he had nothing to give but in fact he gave Jesus his heart. We have access to Jesus today, not only because of His birth, but because of His death which made Him more reachable. We still see today, His hand reaching out to others. His miracles are still raining down on us.

    The gift of prayer for others is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Many will die as this Christmas week passes ever so quickly. Some will die in their beds alone, but so will the homeless, in the dark, on a cold and lonely night where no one but Jesus sees. Children will die from hunger, or cancer or being shot at school.

    Senior Citizens, living in a nursing home, who have been deserted by family and friends, will die in their beds feeling lost and alone. Only Jesus knows who will be at heavens gate this week. Who left behind will be able to rejoice because they know their loved one knew who the real Jesus was? Who will discover their loved one will spend eternity in hell?

    In all of our celebrating this week leading up to Christmas, we all need to make it a point to pray for the salvation of others. Only Jesus knows when our time will come, and He is fully aware who out in the cold lonely nights will say yes with the last breath they breathe.

    Christmas is not about what are we going to get, we have already been give the greatest gift we could ever have and his name is Jesus. As the world gets worse, and the Lords return is closer than before, ask yourselves what you can do for others in the few short days left. Look out for the homeless in your travels and pray that the babe in the manger they see in their wanderings will touch them deeply and that their hearts will be turned toward home for eternity.

    Merry Christmas,


    December 17, 2017


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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

This is such a beautiful post, Leslie, thank you <3! Joining you in prayer for those who are doing without and with gratitude for our blessings!

December 17, 2017