A gift of shelter

“There was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7”.

Life was tough for one of our closest friends and her family. At age forty, she had a heart attack and bypass surgery and learned that she had coronary artery disease. A year later, her sixteen-year-old daughter became paralyzed as the result of a car accident. Our friend quit her job to take care of her daughter, and the bills started piling up. Soon they would be facing eviction. Our friend was so angry with GOD that she stopped praying.

Then came Christmas Eve of 2015. A young girl knocked on our friend’s door. The girl wished her a “Merry Christmas,” gave her an envelope, and left quickly. Inside was a gift that would cover our friend’s housing needs for the next year. The attached note read, “PLEASE ACCEPT THIS GIFT IN HONOR OF THE “MAN” WHOSE BIRTHDAY WE CELEBRATE ON THIS HOLY NIGHT. LONG AGO, HIS FAMILY ALSO HAD A SHELTER PROBLEM.”

Luke 2 tells the story of Joseph and Mary as they searched for a shelter for Mary to deliver her baby. They found a place with the animals.

Later in His life, Jesus said of Himself, “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).

Jesus understood our friend’s troubles. He brought our friend hope and met her needs, through others who contributed funds.

We can cast ALL our cares on HIM (1 Peter 5:7). “Cast all your anxiety to Him because He cares for you.” In Christ, we find shelter (Psalm 61:3-4).
God will take care of you still to the end;
O what a Father, Redeemer, and Friend!
Jesus will answer whenever you call;
He will take care of you; trust Him for all!
You do the casting, God will do the caring.
Have a Blessed Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!