"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light." Isaiah 9:2
Just as the wise men were led by a bright star, we too are led by the Light. We are no longer in darkness, but we live in a world surrounded by suffering, famine, sickness, hurt and chaos. During the holiday season, we focus on the gift of Christ to a dying and dark world, but this gift keeps giving and growing because we are Christ's messengers sent to bring hope and light into a broken world.
Before the baby was laid in the manager, the entire world was shrouded in darkness. We are thankful for the the light of the world who came to take away darkness, sin and shame. We were once a people walking in darkness, but we have seen a great light and now having seen we have the responsibility to share.
Through our work at the Christian Life Commission we seek to be a light and in 2014, we have shown the light of Christ through many different ways:
- Through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, we have contribute almost $36,000 to help West African nations fight Ebola.
- Through our Community Care ministries, we have supported churches who are feeding the hungry, providing job training, encouraging literacy and supporting victims of human trafficking in their local communities.
- Through our public policy work, we have prevented the Texas Lottery Commission from attempting to expand gambling through the agency rule-making process.
We look forward to sharing the light of Christ in 2015. We would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for supporting our collective mission of letting our light so shine before people that they praise our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).