Thursday, January 10, 2013

Generous hearted believers gave a fabulous Christmas party
"Without Grumbling, They Became Refugees" - Charley Harvey

In his book, Home and Away, Charley Harvey, writes: It pleases me that the couple chosen to parent Jesus were willing to give birth in a barn or stable without any record of grumbling. What poor shepherd would have dared to visit that wonderful night if they had been housed in an inn? What humble person wouldn't feel free to enter a stable?.....
Refugees are powerless people who often get classified as beggars regardless of how much they might have owned some place else. Few people feel as devalued as a refugee living where he is not wanted. I have watched refugees eyes light up when they realize that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph experienced the indignity of fleeing for their lives and becoming political refugees in Egypt. They knew the struggle of being totally uprooted in a foreign land.

Refugee status is probably the lowest social level honest people can experience. The infant Messiah certainly began life in utter humility. Jesus wasn't raised in any kind of fair land. He lived in a home where common folk would have found acceptance.
Jesus was a refugee in his childhood and that was just the beginning of his rejection by society."

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the the right to become children of God." John 1:11,12

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