Day 26: #receive #領受 Thursday December 24, Christmas Eve
‘It doesn’t matter that our lives, or our families or world are not perfect. What matters is that we make a space, no matter how small, for God in our hearts. When we do that, God will do the rest, and Christ will once more be born in the Bethlehem of our lives and the mangers of our hearts’.
Today, the photo and the Advent Word meditation above match perfectly! This was taken last night as we went with our students from the St. John’s University Student Fellowship around the dormitories and university campus sharing the good news of Christmas.
Our last stop was at Ms. Lu’s house, just next to the university ~ here she is lighting the Advent wreath. Ms. Lu is very much loved by us all. She worked for many years here on the cleaning team of the university staff, with special responsibility for Advent Church, giving up much of her free time to help with church events, and always on hand for whatever might need doing. She was baptized at Advent Church, and continues to be the only Christian in her family ~ and is always giving thanks to God for his goodness. There are some spare rooms in her home which she rents out to 3 of our students in the SJU Student Fellowship, who report how well-cared they all are, with a constant supply of breakfasts and goodies and always many words of encouragement. A year or two ago her husband fell ill, and she took early retirement from her job to care for him, which she’s still doing. They’ve just returned home after her husband spent 7 weeks in hospital. Last night she welcomed us all to her home, to light the Advent wreath, sing some carols, pray for her and her husband ~ and finally she gave us all tea eggs which she’d prepared herself, plus cans of soda and cookies to take home.
Truly the salt of the earth!
The remaining photos of the evening are here: