Home for Christmas | 2017

Dear Friends, There is something about being home for Christmas that stirs the childhood dreams of Christmas.  Dreams that Bing Crosby sang about, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams,” but for many this year that is […]

Dear Friends,

There is something about being home for Christmas that stirs the childhood dreams of Christmas.  Dreams that Bing Crosby sang about, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams,” but for many this year that is not possible.  You may be one of those who doesn’t have a home, or you may be separated from family and friends.  You feel like a cosmic orphan set adrift in a hostile universe.  For others of you, home is a shack with frozen water pipes, no heat or lights.  But you are not alone; in fact, Christmas is the story of a road-weary homeless couple who found themselves in a stable among animals because there was no room for them in the inn.

The homeless know what it is like, to be locked out, unable to find an apartment because of the lack of employment as developers receive tax abatements, CDA grants and the power of eminent domain.  If you find yourself locked out in the stable, realize you may be penniless but you are not powerless.  You may feel hopeless but you are not helpless – Rise Up – turn to the source of absolute power – The Christ of Christmas.

Come home to Him now and discover there is a light that is not only shining over you but desires to shine in you.  Jesus the light of the world, who died and rose to give all of us, rich or poor, life both now and for all eternity.  I come to you right now as one who can testify from personal experience that it is the living Jesus who has given me the strength to go year after year finding a home in the presence of the Heavenly Father.

What is it about Christmas that makes us want to re-establish relationships and be home with our families?  Have you ever thought about the fact that this holiday that we want to spend at home was built around a homeless couple who had a baby and wrapped him in rags and laid him in the manger?  But the baby being born was even further away from home then his parents because he had left the glory of his heavenly home to be born in a simple stable in Bethlehem. 

Why do we always associate Christmas with home?  Many of our best memories are built around being home at Christmas.  I remember the Christmas tree with presents under it.  The Christmas carols I would sing with my brother and sister Christmas eve, and then how we would go home after the Children’s service and open those presents.  I felt so at home.

Perhaps Augustine expressed this feeling best in his prayer, “Thou have made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”  At Christmas, we see that the door between heaven and earth is opened to the point we can almost envision the angels singing.

Jesus himself later said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms… I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).  At Christmas, we should all feel so at home that whatever we face in this world, even if we are homeless, we have a home forever with Christ and God. 

We have to decide to come home to God – to surrender our heart and life to Him with fresh commitment.  That’s what Christmas is really all about, isn’t it?   It’s about being contacted from home and given a chance to make some better decisions about our lives.  God has reached out to us and said, “I love you and I’m looking forward to your coming home.”

Now it’s up to us to respond.  Let’s tell Him now.  “I’m glad God that you have gotten in touch with me through Jesus, and I do want to go home.  I’m going to make some very important changes in my life.  I’m coming home to you now God through Jesus who came to me at Christmas.  Thank you for your gift of Jesus.  O God, I am receiving Him now and coming home.

The New Life Evangelistic Center family want to help you to have a home for Christmas.  First, we want to encourage you to renew your relationship with Lord and your family.  Let Jesus be Lord of your life and then ask Him to help you return home for Christmas and rebuild the relationship with your family.  New Life Evangelistic Center will help you with a bus ticket and anyway else it can to make this transition possible.

If that If that door for being home for Christmas with family does not open then lets us explore the possibility of an apartment or being a part of the New Life Evangelistic Center family.

Being home for Christmas does not have to be a dream.  By praying and working together, it can now become a reality.  For further information please see NLEC Pastors Ray Redlich or Mark Glenn at the weekly NLEC bus pass distributions.  You can also call them at 314-421-3020.

Yours in Christ, 

Larry Rice 

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