That first Christmas, there was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph in their time of need. Jesus was born in a manger, a box from which horses and cattle eat.
There was no room for Jesus when He came, but yet He always makes room for us. I’m so grateful that whenever we need Him, He’s there. He hears us and helps. In a similar way, whenever a homeless person needs help, the Nashville Rescue Mission wants to be ready and welcoming. We listen and make room for each of them.
In Proverbs 24, verses 3 through 4, it says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” At the Hope Center we’ve placed this verse in every room to remind our guests they are a valuable treasure.
It’s also why we make a special effort to make the Mission festive and welcoming during the holidays. Christmas is typically a time when our thoughts turn to home and family…children and grandchildren…gathered ’round the Christmas tree…cards and letters from friends far and near…candle-lit church services and “Joy to the World.”
Yet often, these memories make the holidays the most difficult time of the year for those who are hungry, homeless and in need: families without homes to gather in; sons and daughters who have lost contact with parents; children whose families can’t afford even the simplest Christmas gifts.
We want those who come to us to think of the Mission as home and themselves as members of our Mission family. More importantly, it’s our desire they will come to find hope and a home in the Lord.
This Christmas, may we continue to make room for Jesus and the people who come to the Nashville Rescue Mission. Thank you for your faithful support this year. We could not do this without you. May God bless you and your family this Christmas!
Hope Center Director