As we reflect on this Holiday Season and in particular this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I want to wish everyone a truly blessed time and wish to thank everyone for your support and help this Christmas. We were able to help more than 20 families with Food and gifts, as well as distribute more than 200 ditty bags with hygiene and other items in them. We also helped financially 3 single moms stay in their residence. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! You are truly a blessing and several Children will be blessed this Christmas.
In looking at the Christian and Hebrew Scriptures, the Prophet Isaiah speaks of a time when,”Every Valley shall be raised up, the crooked places made straight and mountains made low…. ” . A time when there will no longer be one person or government or power structure that is higher than another. The “playing field” will be level. A time when, according to Luke’s Gospel account, “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty handed….”. A time when real peace will reign!
This time is coming and is, as we show love and peace to one another. The birth of a child, in poverty to a single mom, part of enslaved indigenous people of color, in a time of being under the crushing power of the Empire of Rome, should remind us that The Power of Empire, Greed, Wealth, and War can be overcome by a small group of determined Followers of Peace, of the Prince of Peace.
May you truly have a blessed Christmas, Holiday Season, and New Year!! Whatever your religious or non-religious views, may you join me in wishing Peace, Love, and Joy in this world!
Sincerely, Rev. Bruce Wright
PS. If you are so inclined and wish to help the Refuge in it’s work at the last minute with families and to end this year in supporting us, we certainly could use your help. To help immediately, please call me at 727 278 1547 and I will give instructions on how to help by depositing directly in to our account. You can also send gifts to the Refuge, 3301 58th Ave. north, St. Petersburg, Florida 33714. Thanks again!! Please also consider supporting the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (www.economichumanrights.org).