We have a great future ahead of us.
Those are not just empty words; we know from Scripture that we will one day live in a world without suffering, without hunger or pain or war.
Right now, that future seems so far away. Our newsfeeds and news articles are full of bad news – war in Syria, starvation in Yemen, slaughter in Burkina Faso, jihadists in Iraq, extremist violence in the US, mass migration from poverty and drug mafia gangs in South America… is there any goodness left in the world?
Yet the Bible contains this wonderful prophecy and promise;
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious…
68.5 million people are refugees.
1 in 110 people have been forced to seek their future elsewhere in foreign nations.
They need the hope of Jesus Christ.
Our society sees pictures of starving children abroad and wants to react instantly – we try to persuade our governments to send food convoys, money, aid… but these are merely sticking plasters on the wounds.
To tackle the issues of greed, corruption, selfishness and rage we need to look elsewhere – to God.
To give these desperate people a hope worth living for, we cannot just offer them charitable aid – we offer them living water; Jesus’ words.
Today, GET INVOLVED with two things;
- Make Christmas cards for your local refugee centre, or give them a donation for a gift. Share your joy with them!
- Pray for volunteers from around the world working in refugee camps, immigration centres and amongst migrant communities; pray for their compassion, their energy and their resources.
Pray that God would use Christians among them to shine his light and truth; to demonstrate his love.