As my family and I enjoy the lovely traditions and celebrations of the Christmas season, my mind turns to people I know, or who are known by people I know:
- The young woman in Europe who escaped her trafficker this week and is now sitting in a temporary shelter, nursing wounds from her last brutal beating, penniless and contemplating her next steps.
- A young woman in her twenties – a US citizen- trafficked since kindergarten, for whom Christmas was just another day of degradation and fear, and who had never received a Christmas gift until last year.
- Trafficked and brutalized women in the Middle East anxiously waiting for their name to rise to the top of a waiting list for a safe place to stay.
- The children who sit in Mumbai brothels waiting for the next stranger to exploit them, on Christmas, as on every other day.
Do you feel any outrage at the injustices these people face? I do. They haunt my dreams. But nothing close to the outrage felt by the God who lovingly formed each one and who enters into their pain, 24/7.
We don’t have to guess what the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas would like for His birthday; He tells us what He wants: Lay off the religious stuff, and let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! *
And as befits God’s nature, when we give to Him, we get gifts in return:
“When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous …“*
Thankfully, I know people all over the world who experience that joy and continually give God the gifts He really wants.
- The team members who love and serve that escaped victim in Europe as she walks through this frightening transition.
- The End Slavery in Tennessee supporters who gave that US survivor her very first Christmas gifts ever.
- The volunteers who sell jewelry made by those Middle Eastern women to raise funds so more beds can be made available.
- A brave Indian national who risks his life daily to rescue those children in Mumbai brothels.
Want some Christmas joy? Want to give the perfect Christmas gift this year? Be part of getting justice done. Volunteer, give, speak up, sacrifice, get your hands dirty, and don’t hide your head in the sand. Come join our band of ordinary people audacious enough to take God at His word and to do our part in letting justice roll!
I hope to see you in 2011.
*Amos 5:24, Proverbs 21:15