Living Advent Calendar — Day 10

Living Advent Calendar — Day 10

Dec. 8:

Christmas is built on a beautiful and intentional paradox: that the birth of a homeless child should be celebrated in every home. — G. K. Chesterton

I love when I come around the building about dusk and there are at the Creche some of the men from our homeless shelter, visiting the animals for awhile why they wait on the shelter opening up.

They don’t realize perhaps that, like the art in the social hall, the crèche means for us to pay homage to the presence of the holy in the face of the homeless. Likewise, they make the whole story of the Creche and no room at the Inn more real for me.

Today as you go through your day, see if you can be better than usual about noticing the homeless people you pass by, even almost step over.

The person sleeping in a church doorway or curled in the fetal position over a steam grate. All the people on benches in Suburban Station. The young kids and their signs asking for help on Chestnut Street in the middle of the day.

And when you see someone homeless, try to really notice them. Even risk looking them in the face. You might just see Jesus looking back at you.

Extra credit: Read Psalm 41 at least twice today, with a significant time in between readings. What is God saying to you?