During the Christmas season, we seek to be merry and bright. And we should. But let’s not do it blind or dismissive of the darkness in the world. The story of Christmas is that Jesus came down as a light into this dark world. Celebrating Christmas should mean that we are shinning bright in the midst and mindful of the darkness around us.
Even though the world is grasping for feel-good stories , we must remember those suffering a Christmas in crisis.
Even though the culture is exhausted by division and partisanship, we must remember those suffering a Christmas in crisis because they are exhausted by deep social divisions too.
Even though we desire to retreat to the love of friends and family during this holiday season, we must remember those suffering a Christmas in crisis because they long for loved ones too.
Even though we seek to block out scenes of despair and cruelty at a time we seek to be cheery, we must remember those suffering a Christmas in crisis because they yearn for happiness too.
Even though we don’t want to think about problems we feel are out of our control, we must remember those suffering a Christmas in crisis because neither do they.
Jesus was born into a season of conflict. On the run. In danger. That first Christmas was a Christmas in conflict.
Responding to a Christmas in Crisis
Here are four things I would like for you to consider:
Please consider adding the innocent people of Syria and Iraq, suffering under siege, war, and displacement in your prayers this Christmas season. Even consider including it in your Christmas prayers with your family and friends.
If you Sponsor a Child with Food for the Hungry already, consider signing up for Children in Crisis. It’s a small monthly pledge that will directly benefit thousands for children, like those from Syria and Iraq that we intermittently see on the news, pursue a future where they can not only survive, but thrive.