Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. ~ 1st John 4:7-16
Week after week, the clients in the Mission Possible Program walk into our church with challenges that most of us cannot imagine. They face homelessness, loss of employment, incredible debt, addiction recovery issues and sometimes estrangement from family. Often they are scared and lonely and feel a sense of hopelessness. The volunteers that work with them, nurture, listen and love them sometimes want to quit out of frustration and out of despair for them. Then there is that moment when you see the face of God in the eyes of the volunteers and you see the face of God in the smile of the homeless client.
I do believe that our Lord works through those that love and nurture the homeless each week. I also believe that He shows his face in the tears of sadness and smiles of triumph in the faces of our clients. This Christmas, may your heart be filled with the compassion that Jesus gave to the woman at the well when he gave her the drink of “living water.” May we all live our lives through grace and mercy.