Word of the Day
And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.’” 1 Samuel 25:6
Home — it’s where most people want to be for the holidays. Isn’t that what the seasonal song says — “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” We decorate our houses and, and in pre-pandemic times, look forward to inviting guests in or visiting the homes of family and friends.
But Joseph and Mary weren’t home for the first Christmas. They had traveled to Bethlehem for the census and couldn’t even find a room in an inn. Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger.
Homelessness is a huge problem in the United States, with more than 550,000 people living in temporary housing or on the street. Many of those without permanent shelter are families with children. This social problem is likely to become far worse. Some 35 million people in the U.S. are behind in their rent due to the coronavirus pandemic and the moratorium on evictions expires in January. That will be exacerbated when extended unemployment benefits run out for 12 million people who lost jobs because of the pandemic.
You shouldn’t feel guilty about what you have, but don’t forget about those who are without. Ask yourself what you can do in your community, or even your neighborhood, to help someone not just at Christmas, but the whole year through.