In the Annual Report of the Bible Society there is a story from Iraq. It reads, 2,400 families received packages which contain food, hygiene items, Bibles and Scripture items. Bible Society obtained permission to distribute these relief packages in Iraq, even during the total lock-down of the country due to COVID-19. These packages have provided hope to traumatised families in Erbil, Ainkawa, Baashiqa, Koya and Baghdad. One woman, on learning part of this support came from the Bible Society in Australia, was overcome with emotion. “We thought we were forgotten,” she said as she received the gift.
I am amazed at this courage because volunteers risk their lives by stepping out of their home and getting involved in helping others. Some go into remote and dangerous places to care for people they don’t even know. In some countries the volunteers are even considered enemies. They go because they care and they want to bring a message of hope, peace, joy and love to these people. Does this sound familiar?
“Since we, God’s children, are human beings—made of flesh and blood—he became flesh and blood too by being born in human form; for only as a human being could he die and in dying break the power of the devil who had the power of death. Only in that way could he deliver those who through fear of death have been living all their lives as slaves to constant dread.” Hebrews 2:14-15, TLB.
Christmas is a time to remember the greatest gift of all, Jesus.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14, NIV.