For 6 years in the Middle East where I lived and served, Christmas was to me a time when I celebrate the wonder of God’s miracle Jesus amongst live camels and sheep. The Christmas pageant at church always staged livestock such as these, making the Christmas story come so much closer.
As I got closer to the church in the Middle East, the ordinary people and refugees who live there, I could not help but allow myself to be marked. Marked, not marred, mind you. Marked in a prof
As I walk the land (a country in Middle East), negativity can easily creep in. When I speak to the locals today, I am confronted with countless problems. From the recent currency devaluation, to sharp decline in tourism and the consequent economic difficulties, to unaffordable education, to environmental problems, to mistrust within society – this list could continue for much longer. When locals share their concerns with me, they seem disheartened. They seem so disheartened
When I study the ‘movement’ of Jesus, a peculiar pattern emerges. Jesus was always moving towards places where everyone else would avoid. Jesus had meals with tax collectors, prostitutes and the despised. Jesus made his way to the cross obediently. Jesus always moved towards the marginalised people and to difficult places, including the cross. We as Christians, the body of Christ, ideally should follow suit. We should be the ones responding to crisis situations, being His han