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Guest post by Renee Gill

Joy to the World! This, a bold statement made by angels long ago, can be hard to remember when our world is experiencing war and pain. Daily, people are being displaced by conflict, and this Christmas the plight of refugees remains on my mind and heart. We have been given the command to welcome strangers, the marginalized, and those in need. This seems to me a fitting request of his followers; as often God's people are called away from their homes to become refugees. I read this in the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, and certainly in Mary, Joseph, and Jesus fleeing as refugees to Egypt. 

“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt.”

-- Matthew 2: 13–14

During this Christmas season, remember that like so many people today this family grew up living as strangers in another land. I hope that you'll reflect with me on how we can serve those living as refugees in our time, and I thank God that Jesus grew up to become the savior for the whole world. In this, I take joy!