I love this time of year – when things slow down, families gather, and the joys of life are seen and experienced. It’s a time of hope. Little kids hope that next Christmas present will be the toy they desperately want. Parents hope their children will grasp a little more of the real meaning of Christmas amidst the chaos of the day. Others may hope for peace and quiet. But this really is a time of hope that goes far beyond those hopes.Through Christmas, the coming of our Savior into the world, we have the greatest of all hopes. Click To Tweet
Through Christmas, the coming of our Savior into the world, we have the greatest of all hopes. We were once lost, separated from our Creator in Whose image we were made. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. But God, who is rich in mercy, sent His Son into the world to pay that penalty, take on that debt, and give us His righteousness that we might have eternal hope. So now we have a hope that although “now we see in a mirror dimly, [one day we will see God] face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV). And that is the hope the angels spoke of when they told the shepherds a Savior had been born to them. That is the hope of Christmas.
In the work we do here at Human Coalition, we often serve families who have no hope. They are facing impossible situations and cannot see a way out on their own. So what do we do? We offer hope. We try to help these families overcome many of the obstacles they face, and we ask the Church to step up and play a vital role. However, all of that is simply giving people hope.
When a woman says she has no place to live, but a developer we partner with has set aside 10% of his apartment units for needs such as this – there is a glimmer of hope. When a father says he doesn’t have a job and cannot possibly afford another child, but a business owner takes a chance and hires him – there is hope. When a mother of a pregnant teen daughter sees only a ruined future, but our clinic staff offers options for the daughter to get a degree and a job – there is hope. We are in the hope business.
We pray the Lord’s Prayer so often, the words just roll off our tongues. We ask, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NIV). God’s Kingdom is a kingdom of hope, and He uses us, His Church, to bring that hope to the world. Through examples like the ones above – as well as courageous pastors preaching grace in the face of abortion; churches conducting prayer walks outside abortion clinics; generous donors funding the pro-life movement; and denominations like the Church of God in Christ stepping out and taking action – we are bringing hope.
But when we are silent or stand by and do nothing, there is no hope.
That is not an option. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, and He is the Author of Life! We must bring hope to the hopeless.We are the Church of Jesus Christ, and He is the Author of Life! We must bring hope to the hopeless. Click To Tweet
Human Coalition has brought this hope to thousands of families since 2010, and we’ve cooperatively rescued over 7,750 children and families from abortion – many of whom will experience their very first Christmas this year. Our hope and prayer is that those children will one day know the greatest hope of all – the real reason we celebrate this season.