The Coronavirus vaccine rolled out this week. We watched Vice President Mike Pence and health care workers receive a shot of hope. Congress is likely to pass a bipartisan bill providing an additional shot of economic hope this Christmas. But the greatest shot of hope is not given at Christmas – it IS Christmas.
The Hope of Christmas
“The people walking in deep darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.” Isa. 9:2-3
Those words could describe 2020. History will long remember as we strive quickly to forget 2020. Health pandemics, racial pandemics, economic pandemics, political pandemics, and more. Too much death, sorrow, and suffering. As I write my wife, Helen, is in New York with her dying father. The pain and challenges of 2020 are real.
But so is hope. A light has dawned.
For some that light is a vaccine, new initiatives in racial equality, new stimulus, or a new administration. For Administer Justice, our hope is in the babe of Bethlehem. All these developments matter, but hope is not found in external circumstances. Hope is rooted in the soul. Hope is found in the maker of our souls.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” Isa. 9:6-7.
The Hope of 2021
Thank you for helping us finish this challenging year strong. Our end of year campaign was called Restoring Hope. You are making that possible. Every dollar given is matched as you double your impact for the least of these. We have raised over $500,000 – thank you! We still have a $25,000 matching gift we have not matched so please consider doubling your impact this year.
This week a report was released indicating, “The most pressing legal need America faces as we enter 2021 is the tsunami of potential evictions that threaten millions of people who have lost jobs during the pandemic.” Ronald Flagg, Executive Director LSC.
New States & Neighborhoods
As we look forward in hope to 2021, six new locations in four states will be opening in January. We are in conversation with 29 others. What a gift to an entire community a one-time donation of $2,500 doubled with our matching gift can be. One gift provides all the resources and training needed to empower a team of ten volunteers to impact the lives of hundreds of vulnerable neighbors with the help of a lawyer and the hope of God’s love.
Perhaps you cannot impact an entire community, but you can make a difference for one. Will you partner with one client in providing $30 of support? Consider providing that monthly to help change the lives of twelve neighbors next year. Your support makes a difference.
As we prepare to face the tsunami of evictions and the following wave of foreclosures, we do so with the hope of Christ. When Jane needed help so her six-year-old autistic grandson would not be homeless from a wrongful eviction, we intervened. The landlord believed this grandma was associating with a drug dealer in the area. She could prove she was nowhere near the apartments when he was seen and had no connection, but the big company did not want to listen. Because Jane found a Gospel Justice Center, she and her grandson are safe and secure this Christmas. Jane found hope. Not only in her present circumstances, but for her soul. You helped save her from homelessness AND you helped her find a home in Heaven. If you have not seen her story, watch this short powerful video.
Into the darkness of a Bethlehem night long ago a light dawned. Angels appeared to shepherds and announced, “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.
The Hope of Christmas wrapped in swaddling cloth and laid in a feeding trough. No greater love exists. That child would echo the good news of the angels when he began his saving work.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Lk. 4:18.
Freedom from darkness and oppression. Our logo demonstrates this through many hands working together to bring the light of Christ into a world of darkness. His light and Kingdom of justice and righteousness is without end. He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. May His hope be yours this Christmas.